Hot lunch is served every day. Lunch is optional for pre-primary classes but mandatory from class 2 onwards. The lunch hall is a warmth of clattering cutlery and happy chatter. Fresh hot lunch is served and students, faculty and support staff eat together. The menu is vegetarian, and while Indian food is usually served, the queues are more animated when there is pasta or Chinese fare – or a particular favourite closer home such as ‘aloo-puri’ or biryani with ‘raita’.