Happenings

Lee Durrell, visit to Jamshedpur...

Lee Durrell, is visiting Jamshedpur in mid April on a sentimental journey to rediscover the house where he was born and also admire the many buildings his father , Lawrence Samuel Durrell built. Ronald DCosta, CEO of Boulevard Hotel, convenor of Gerald Durrell initiative is part of the team Tata Steel initiated to ensure that the visit is successful.

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Blood Donation at  Boulevard Hotel...

The employees of Brubeck Bakery took time off to organize a Blood donation camp in the Penthouse of Boulevard Hotel. 60 bottles were collected. The volunteers were also from those working in outlets in DCosta Mansion , including GKB Optical, Cellunet also were happy to be part of this donation effort. Ryan DCosta stated that we will conduct this program twice a year.

 

Role of the 1st Bihar Regiment (Indian Territorial Force) in the duties of railway protection and the guarding of the plant of the Tata Iron & Steel Company

Role of the 1st Bihar Regiment (Indian Territorial Force) in the duties of railway protection and the guarding of the plant of the Tata Iron & Steel Company

In April 1940, one Company of the Hyderabad Regiment sent from Danapur to Ranchi proceeded to Jamshedpur. On 15 September 1941 an embodied Indian Territorial Force was raised in Jamshedpur by the 11 & 19th Hyderabad Regiment and named the ‘1st Bihar Regiment’ by the Commander Lt Col J.R.H. Tweed, MBE MC . The members were recruited from Champaran, Puri, Patna, Sahabad, Gaya, Shahabad Patna, Chaibasa, Ranchi and  Palamu...

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Jamshedpur’s war effort: Armoured carrier ‘Tatanagar’

A 1942 model armoured carrier vehicle called the ‘Tatanagar’ was Jamshedpur’s contribution to the war effort...

The ‘Tatanagar’, fitted with a Ford V8 engine along with armoured hulls sourced from the Railways and armoured plates, axles and tyres from Tata Steel, were the first vehicles to roll out of Tata Motors (earlier TELCO) 73 years ago.

The vehicle, which had won the hearts and admiration of all with their anti-tank and transportation capability in the war zone having saved many lives with their impenetrable hulls by ordinary bullets, had the distinction of serving the Indian Army as a multi-role platform during World War II.

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Visitors from the University of Twente, Netherlands...

A group of forty budding engineers from the University of Twente, Netherlands visited our city of Jamshedpur. They visited the Steel Works and even the Iron Ore Mines. They take back with them many happy memories and the great experience of our heritage hotel. They left joyful and happy.

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Real steel: Jamshedpur’s little-known war history

Anurag Mallick and Priya Ganapathy. TRAVEL IDEAS | May 28, 2015 

… As there were no proper hotels in Jamshedpur to lodge the Allied forces, Bartholomew’s son John was asked to build one hastily! Using bricks from his kiln and cutlery bought from Lord’s, a Calcutta hotel that was closing down, he set up The Boulevard Hotel in December 1940...

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Scholastik World: JOHN F. KENNEDY JR. SPENDS A WEEK IN THE STEEL CITY

…The Boulevard Hotel in Bistupur had a contract to serve food for the visiting group.

John Jr. spent the New Year’s Eve in Jamshedpur. He did not really lack festivities thet he would have in Boston or New York. Ronie D’Costa, Proprietor, Boulevard Hotel remembers to wake up his manager at 1am for a bottle of Vodka. “We were only too happy to raise his spirits on the New Year’s Day”.

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Hosting the Under-19 Pune Football Club team – winners of the National tournament for 2012-13

We were privileged to host the Under-19 Pune Football Club team – winners of the National tournament for 2012-13. This is the second year in succession that they have emerged on the top!

The tournament was played in a Round Robin format over a month. Famous teams like TFA, Mohun Bagan, Sesa Goa and Churchill Brothers participated.

In the words of Ranjan Chowdhury, Head, Youth Development, “Boulevard is our lucky charm !”

We wish them all success in the future.

Seen in the pictures are the team celebrating with a cake presented by the hotel and the team presenting a T-shirt with the signatures of all the players.

 

The Boulevard Hotel & Udaan

Rajat Bawaja, Vikramaditya Motwane, young Aayan Barodia, Dipa Motwane, the executive producer, and other members of the cast and crew stayed at The Boulevard. Our hotel and staff had the rare experience of hosting the team for six weeks. Dipa Motwane, grand daughter of P.N. Bose, the geologist responsible for convincing the Tata’s to come to Singhbhum. has been visiting Jamshedpur from Kulti every summer.

We met for the first time more than forty years ago. We again met by accident in Café Coffee Day when she was scouting for a site for her son’s movie. We were able to work out a deal and again our hotel has to its credit hosting the actors and crew of the first, full length Hindi movie filmed almost completely in Jamshedpur. Vikramaditya will remember the place as his home for forty days that resulted in his début production.

Our staff remembers Dipa De Motwane as being extremely detailed in her instructions, always kind but firm in what she wanted. She has a talent to identify capable persons who she absorbs into her team. We appreciated her project management skills in coordinating a movie production. Although she was demanding, our staff felt privileged working with her. Rajat Baweja was instructed not be influenced by entertainment and friends and his room 312 was cleared of the T.V. and newspapers. Young Aayan and his mother charmed all and endeared themselves to one and all.

Meals were at erratic times. However, there was hardly an evening when Dipa did not ask for her favourite lemon tart from our bakery, Brubeck. Dipa returned to Boulevard on the 24th of July after the special showing at Beldih Club.

Thank you for being part of our history, Dipa.

The Boulevard Jamshedpur’s Heritage…since 1940

Sincerely,
Ronald D’Costa

 

Homecomings

Prawal Rahman

Popular film director, Loyola School alumnus, returned to Jamshedpur to campaign for the now successful Dr. Ajay Kumar, during his MP bid. Prawal’s recently released movie, 404, has already won critical acclaim, nationally and internationally. He visited us to renew contacts. His father Mr. R.R. Pandey and hotel managing partner Mr. Ronald D'Costa studied at the same time at XLRI.
Seen here is Prawal with Ronald’s younger son, Ryan.

 

 

 

Nelly, Mary and Thomas

Nelly, Mary and Thomas have very pleasant memories of Jamshedpur when they came with their father, Jean-Claude Carlin in 1993. Thomas was at Loyola and the two girls were at Sacred Heart School. Nelly who is completing finance, and Mary, who is in engineering, planned this sentimental journey to re-live their wonderful childhood by going back to their old house on Kapali Road, Bistupur market, Sacred Heart School and also the Timken factory. They had a very enjoyable stay at the Boulevard Hotel.

 

Homecoming I

 

Prawal Rahman

 

Popular film director, Loyola School alumnus, returned to Jamshedpur to campaign for the now successful Dr. Ajay Kumar, during his MP bid. Prawal’s recently released movie, 404, has already won critical acclaim, nationally and internationally. He visited us to renew contacts. His father Mr. R.R. Pandey and hotel managing partner Mr. Ronald D'Costa studied at the same time at XLRI.

Seem here is Prawal with Ronald’s younger son, Ryan.

 

 

 

Homecoming II

Homecoming I

Prawal Rahman

Popular film director, Loyola School alumnus, returned to Jamshedpur to campaign for the now successful Dr. Ajay Kumar, during his MP bid. Prawal’s recently released movie, 404, has already won critical acclaim, nationally and internationally. He visited us to renew contacts. His father Mr. R.R. Pandey and hotel managing partner Mr. Ronald D'Costa studied at the same time at XLRI.
Seem here is Prawal with Ronald’s younger son, Ryan.



Homecoming II

Nelly, Mary and Thomas have very pleasant memories of Jamshedpur when they came with their father, Jean-Claude Carlin in 1993. Thomas was at Loyola and the two girls were at Sacred Heart School. Nelly who is completing finance, and Mary, who is in engineering, planned this sentimental journey to re-live their wonderful childhood by going back to their old house on Kapali Road, Bistupur market, Sacred Heart School and also the Timken factory. They had a very enjoyable stay at the Boulevard Hotel.

 

Nelly, Mary and Thomas have very pleasant memories of Jamshedpur when they came with their father, Jean-Claude Carlin in 1993. Thomas was at Loyola and the two girls were at Sacred Heart School. Nelly who is completing finance, and Mary, who is in engineering, planned this sentimental journey to re-live their wonderful childhood by going back to their old house on Kapali Road, Bistupur market, Sacred Heart School and also the Timken factory. They had a very enjoyable stay at the Boulevard Hotel.