dabbawallahs in america
i had a long chat with shivani on the phone yesterday and learnt a few things about reactions to this article which i wanted to share with you. well firstly, the article was the number one most emailed artile from nyt.com last week. congrats, shivani - that's so fabulous! what this shows is that interest in india and things indian have really reached a critical mass in america. i can't imagine such an article having generated so much interest even five years ago. secondly, shivani told me that anaadaata's website had such a huge surge in hits after the publication of the article that they were really worried of the site crashing! apparently, more than 90% of the queries to their phone line were from non-indians. i was quite surprised by that. they even had a call from china asking if the food could be delivered there!! and thirdly, shivani even got a call from a literary agent wanting to take her to lunch to brainstorm about book ideas. i'm just so excited for my friend!
my only regret is that i don't live in california anymore. san franciso is covered in annadaata's lunch route 1 which means i could have had piping hot, home cooked food at work. i'm so jealous of all my friends in the bay area. got to look into such options in london.