In attendance His two Dabbawalas from Mumbai’s Dabbawalas are also invited to the royal ceremony. Dabbawala purchased ‘Puneri Pagadi’ and shawls from the “Varkali’ community to gift King Charles III.
The Puner Pagadi is a distinctive style of turban considered a symbol of pride and honour in Pune. It was granted Geographical Indication Status in 2009. Numerous community workers associated with Prince Charles’ philanthropy also participate in the royal celebrations.
Mumbai’s Dabbawala is a group of around 5,000 delivery men who deliver hand-made lunches called ‘dhaba’ from home to work in the Indian city of Mumbai. This service has existed for more than his century, and the first dabbawalas were organized in his late nineteenth century.
Dabbawala has a highly efficient distribution system based on a complex network of sorting, transportation and distribution. Lunch boxes are picked up by dabbawalas from customers’ homes in the morning and transported to their workplaces by train, bicycle or on foot. The system is designed for high reliability and efficiency, with very low error rates.
Dabbawala is known for its punctuality, packed lunches are delivered to your destination on time every day. The service is so reliable that it has been studied by business schools around the world and has been awarded a Six Sigma rating for its accuracy.
Dabbawalas are emblematic of the unique and efficient system that exists in India and have become an important part of Mumbai’s culture and identity. Dabbawala is also recognized for its social impact as it organizes various community initiatives and charities.
Architect Sourabh Phadke, an alumnus of the Charles Foundation Building Crafts Programme and the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, will join Prince’s Trust Globe Award winner Gulfsa, 33, of Delhi, at the event.
Jay Patel, who lives in Canada, was also invited because he graduated from Prince Trust Canada’s Youth Employment Programme last year.
Indian-born British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recited from the Bible Colossians at his coronation. Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murthy, led the march of the delegation.