The Lunchbox

  • July 13 · 9:45 AM
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Only RSVP if you are genuinely interested in attending as no shows and late drop outs will be recorded. Turning up without RSVPing is inappropriate. Please read the details below so you know what to expect (and what is expected of you).

Date: Sunday 13 July 2014

Time: Meet at 9.45 am for the 10.00 am session.

Tickets: We buy our tickets individually at the desk (or online if you wish). We're in Cinema 1 (the big one) and there are no allocated seating. We may not be able to all sit together and usually end up in clusters, but given the session time, there will be plenty of seats. I encourage you to join the group after the film as our discussions are fun, interesting and insightful.

What to bring: an open and cheery disposition! Please be mindful that this is a group activity, and it's not all about you.

Post Film Discussion: Continuing our Indian theme, let's head to Red Pepper for lunch. As expected the food can be a spicy so please check the menu before you order rather than complain. Please answer the lunch question as I need to make reservations and remember to bring CASH (a range of $5s, $10s, $20s) as they don't split bills.

General notes: You don’t need to RSVP “no” if you don’t wish to attend my Meetups. As an Organiser I need to keep track of people who are attending, rather than people who are not coming. When you don’t respond, you are automatically considered a “no”. You can simply delete the Meetup invitations, or adjust your email settings in your profile if you wish to manage the emails you receive.

When you RSVP for my Meetups, there will be a question about whether you would like to join the group for lunch. Some people say yes to lunch and then change their mind after the film or don’t show up, or they said no/don't respond and end up coming. Most of you do the right thing, but it's a challenge when venues are small or when I need to make reservations so please be respectful of the group and the venue. If your situation changes, could you please let me know asap. If you don't answer the lunch question when you RSVP, I'll assume you won't be joining us. "Maybe" (and its synonym) will also be considered a "no".

Remember to bring cash (a range of $5s, $10s, $20s) as most restaurants doesn't split bills. After a small tip, left over money from our lunches will go towards MFC piggy bank which I keep (which in the past has contributed to the fee to maintain the group as well as for afternoon teas and Christmas lunch).

This may seem obvious, but as we are a film group, it is expected that you watch the film with the group rather than just turn up for lunch. If you say yes to lunch, it is expected that you eat with the group. When a menu is available online, I suggest you check it before the Meetup rather than complain when we get to the restaurant. Sometimes we go to restaurants that don’t take reservations hence we need to wait for a table. If you are unwilling or unable to wait, it is best that you say no to lunch rather than complain.

Could you please update your RSVP if you are no longer able to come. Last minute drop outs on Saturday night and Sunday morning, and not showing up is not very nice, so please be considerate (I keep a list of offenders!). You are most welcome to join us for the film only, just let me know.

Reviews: At the Movies Margaret (4/5) and David (4/5), IMDb (7.9/10), Rotten Tomatoes 95%

Duration: 101 mins

Language: Hindi and English with English subtitles

Rating: PG - Mild Themes

Synopsis: "Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system transports thousands of meals every day from kitchens to offices. A Harvard University study found that just one in a million lunchboxes is ever delivered to the wrong address. This is the story of that one lunchbox.

Ila, a neglected housewife, attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely widower on the brink of retirement, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears and small joys. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become swept up in a relationship built on the fantasy of their letters."


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  • Clare C.

    Thank you to Karen for organising so well for us with the very tasty Indian lunch afterwards. It made for a lovely day out. The film was so moving - beautifully done.

    1 · July 13

  • Julie

    Beautiful story - gentle depiction of family, responsibility, friendship, grief/loss and of course love. Amazing what a lunchbox mix up can lead to!
    Delicious lunch and great company. Thank you Karen.

    By the way there are numerous journal articles discussing what can be learned from the Mumbai dabbawalla including supply chain, HR management and logistics. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/...­

    2 · July 13

  • Karen

    A touching film with so much heart and soul, I liked getting to know the characters, and getting a glimpse of Indian society. Thank you to members who attended, my meal was made even more delicious and enjoyable in your company. Have a great week ahead and hope to see you soon :)

    2 · July 13

  • Tess

    Wonderful understated tale of life and love. Thanks for organising Karen. Lunch was an absolute winner too. Cheers Tess

    2 · July 13

  • Ainsley M.

    Sorry Karen, I lost my wallet last night and won't be able to make it.

    July 13

  • Heath

    Hi Karen! I'm very sorry but I won't be able to make it tomorrow morning after all. Hope to come along next week though! Hope everyone enjoys the movie!

    July 12

  • Clare C.

    HI Karen
    so sorry for the last minute change of plan - coming to the film but can't stay for lunch after all.

    July 11

  • Karen

    Hello All

    It’s Friday nag time! A reminder to update your rsvp if you don’t intend to come. The group shouldn't have to wait for you, and no shows AND late drop outs will be recorded.

    A table at Red Pepper will be booked for: me + 1, Ainsley, Garry, Jane + 1, Jane, Julie, Madalyn and Tess (10). We’ll walk to restaurant which should take around 5 minutes.

    Please remember to bring cash ($5s, $10s and $20s) and for newbies and non-regular members, please read “General Notes” in the Meetup description.

    Looking forward to catching up on Sunday!

    July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Karen, I haven't been to this cinema before and wondered if you had allocated a place for meeting - I guess it might get a bit busy near the desk?

    July 9

    • Karen

      Hi Madalyn - check out "Parking" at http://www.palacecine...­ Please note we will be walking to our lunch venue at Bourke Street.

      July 10

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Karen!

      July 10

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