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image-1I like it when brands think like your mother. They give you a good quality ingredient (asafoetida) and put it into a package that fits perfectly well into your kitchen – once you carefully peel the label off, that is. This steel dabba can continue holding hing from other brands way after this is done. Good, confident one, Aachi.

I picked mine up at the Village supermarket on Wheeler Road, Bangalore.

Picture courtesy: My iPhone5. May its tribe continue to grow.

This box, recently in the Pii family and handed down from the last generation, is delicate, tiny and filled with fine filigree work. From research it looks like the origins are Cuttack. More precious to us for it’s emotional value. Do you have a memory pack too?

Presenting a lunch-time favourite. The classic Indian three-tiered tiffin box or dabba. Used by office-goers and school-not-so-goers all over the country to have full meals from 1 to 2 every day (except weekends when the quantity is much more). The dabba comes with separate compartments to carry different types of food in. Chapattis in one, sabji in another, rice in one, dal in another, and so on and on and on, depending on the number of tiers you have been blessed with. All made at home with a lot of love and the warmth still there when you open it at 1. Sigh. Also, read about the Mumbai dabbawallas here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dabbawala and http://www.mumbaidabbawala.org/

The Chumbak tin makes packing anything, cool. Fold in a delicate pashmina stole, some stationery or pedas. Yay! Anyway you look at it, it’s quite the desi kitsch thing to tuck deep into the back of your cupboard. More here - http://www.chumbak.in/Chumbak/Hello.html

(Source: http://The Chumbak tin makes packing anything, cool. Fold in a delicate pashmina stole, some stationery or pedas. Yay! Anyway you look at it, it's quite the desi kitsch thing to tuck deep into the back of your cupboard. More here - http//www.chumbak.in/Chumbak/Hello.html)

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