In pictures: Gaylord's 60th year celebrations

Last Monday passed by quite quickly because I had something really enticing to look forward to. It was the 60th birthday of the iconic Gaylord Restaurant at Churchgate, Mumbai and I had the honour of being on the invite list. Gaylord has a special place in my memories for its pocket-friendly bakery that was a frequent haunt during my college days. Given my penchant for baked goodies, the aroma of Gaylord's muffins and croissants always had me trooping in like a bear on a honey trail. Even now, when I crave a lonesome breakfast or simply a cup of their kona coffee with a good book, I head straight for one of the corner tables and settle down on a wrought iron chair etched with the figures of Victorian ladies (read: when I went cafe-hopping).

Dressed in my prized long skirt and jacket, I headed to Gaylord even before the party had begun. To see this restaurant founded in 1956 by the Kwality Group adorned in strings of multi-coloured lights and golden Chinese lanterns gave me a warm feeling.

We admired the table set up with an assortment of cheese, fruits and crackers to go with the special wine label launched by Gaylord in association with Fratelli to celebrate their 60th anniversary. It can't have been easy surviving in Mumbai's competitive restaurant market and not just catering to, but staying on top of diners' evolving demands.

Old Mr. Malhotra, who is the CEO of Gaylord was a familiar figure, milling around with the guests, smiling and greeting them with unbelievable humility. His quiet pride was evident whenever he stood back, surveying the beautiful fruit of his labours.

I sipped some of the wine launched for the occasion - a sweet Sangiovese with delicious notes of cherry and vanilla. It was a sure crowd pleaser - reminding me of the dessert wines I sampled in Macau. A live band of two kept us regaled until the cutting of the gigantic three-tier cake by the Lamba family, who currently manage the restaurant.

It was 9 PM by the time the Lamba family assembled to cut the cake and I'd nibbled at more than a few delicious starters, not to mention the cheese and fruits. It was wonderful to see their proud and happy faces as they shared in this evening of nostalgia.“Gaylord’s 60th anniversary is an opportunity for us to honour our heritage and commitment to serve best quality food. We believe in keeping up with the times and hence we recently introduced some new items in our menu, such as Dahi Cheese roll, Kulhar ki Tangdi and Cooker da Kukad. It is heart-warming to see the continuous support of our loyal guests who make us a part of their everyday routine”, said Dhruv Lamba, Executive Director, Kwality Group

All regular visitors will recognise the face of Noel D'Souza, the General Manager who has been with Gaylord for 30 years. The restaurant just wouldn't feel the same without his smiling face and I was overjoyed to see him perform a song after the cutting of the cake.

Why don't you go pay a visit to Gaylord Restaurant one of these days? To continue the celebration, Gaylord Mumbai is inviting customers all around the city to join the party with festivities planned throughout the month. Along with discounts, visitors will also get surprise giveaways, merchandises, hampers and gift coupons. Gaylord has introduced a special nostalgic menu bringing back some of the most loved dishes. This menu will include scrumptious delights like Crispy Mutton Samosas, Tava Kheema Kalegi, Vegetable Parisienne and more.

Meet the Flying Jatt on Zee Cinema!

Meet our Desi Superhero…here comes A Flying Jatt! Here are 10 reasons to watch the film on Zee Cinema on 22 Oct@8PM:

1. India’s first flying Superhero
India’s first flying superhero – A Flying Jatt saves the day in the coolest way. Bestowed not only with this incredible superpower our man can also display some jaw-dropping martial art moves.

2. This Superhero has a Supermom
Most of the superheroes that we know pledge to save the world and have lost their parents to an accident. But this super hero has a supermom who constantly reminds him of his duties. A typical Indian mother, she scolds him every time his reluctant to use his superpowers. She definitely is a supermom!

3. Powers + Killer dance moves = Legendary Superhero
You might be Superman or Batman but one thing our flying Jatt wins at is killer dance moves. Saving the world and burning the dance floor all in one - WOW! Now that is what they call a superhero. Let’s shake our booty on the beat with this superhero.

4. The youngest Superhero
Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh Khan also had special powers in movies like Krrish and Ra.One respectively. But what sets Tiger Shroff apart is his age. At 26, he bagged a superhero movie as his third film while the others have had a longer run in films before had a long career preceding their superhero ventures.

5. Jatt Fly Karda
As the name suggests, Flying Jatt is all about a superhero who not only goes all out to save his city, but also believes in his prime religious duty of helping mankind. He is the first superhero who has incorporated his human and religious sensibilities in saving his city.

6. Accidental superhero
Our very own superhero was not born with these powers but became a superhero by accident. A superhero at heart and and one who is courageous enough to fight despite being scared is what makes a ordinary man a true superhero.

7. Do your chores before you catch the ‘chors’
He is no ordinary superhero because at home, he has to do all the chores like any other child. From lending a helping hand in cleaning the house or buying vegetables, this superhero has to do it all. He might be a superhero for the world but at home, you have to do what your mother asks you to do.

8. A hero with a consciousness:
We all have to give back to our society and the Flying Jatt definitely believes in this.  A protector of mother nature and a condemner of pollution, this superhero does all to protect the environment.

9. A child at heart:
He might have a serious job at hand but he is a child at heart. This is what sets him apart making him a fun, relatable superhero. He has the superpowers but he also has a child in him who will touch your hearts.

10. He is coming to meet you soon
This superhero has no airs about having special powers and is very down to earth and humble. So, he has decided to meet you and save his beloved city of Amritsar with the World Television Premiere of his film, A Flying Jatt on 22nd October, 2016 at 8PM.