Glossary of Terms

Tiffin: the term Tiffin is generally used to mean lunch, an in-between-meal, or snack."Tiffin" is an old-fashioned English word for a light lunch, and sometimes for the box it is carried in. For this reason, the dabbawalas are sometimes called Tiffin Wallahs. Tiffin Carrier or Tiffin Boxes: The lunches are packed in stainless steel or tin boxes with carry handles, also sometimes called tiffins or tiffin-boxes. A common approach is to put rice in one box, dal in another and yet other items in the third or fourth. The other items could be breads, such as naan, vegetable curry and finally a sweet.
 
Dabbawallah or Tiffin-wallah: A dabbawala (Marathi डब्बावाला, literally, box person, see Etymology), also spelled as dabbawalla or dabbawallah is a person in the Indian city of Mumbai who is employed in a unique service industry whose primary business is collecting the freshly cooked food in lunch boxes from the residences of the office workers (mostly in the suburbs), delivering it to their respective workplaces and returning back the empty boxes by using various modes of transport. The above terms were provided by wikipedia.