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Best work moment:
When our luxury tented camps — Sher Bagh, and The Serai, — were invited and admitted to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux — an association of the world’s best hotels, hoteliers and grand chefs

Books on your bedside:
by Max Hastings, Events, Dear Boy, Events edited by Ruth Winstone, by Dave Varty, by and to the Sun by Sara Wheeler

Massage or workout to de-stress:
Play polo or tennis

Designs that’ve caught your eye recently:
The new Range Rover.

Your IT tools:
“Once you go Mac you never go back” — MacPro, iPad and iPhone

Favourite spirit:
Old Monk Gold Reserve Rum and Laphroaig single malt whisky

Favourite wine:
Chateau d’Yquem

Favourite champagne:
Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2000

Your sleeping ritual:
Get as much as I can!

Favourite TV show:
Jeeves and Wooster

Best gift received:
An 1960s vintage Patek Phillipe dress watch

Best gift given:
A tailor-made safari by EPIC Private Journeys for my wife to Londolozi Private Game Reserve in South Africa

Favourite cuisine:
Desi

You get your work clothes from:
Turnbull and Asser, and Vaish at Rivoli

What food items do you like to shop for?
Knick-knacks like jams, chutneys, oils and seasonal organic produce

Newspapers, TV channels and websites you prefer:
The Telegraph, BBC, The Spectator

Where do you like to sit when being driven? Upfront with driver of back seat like a sahib?
Upfront!

On a plane do you prefer to network, sleep or catch up on films and reading?
Read and sleep

Fancy coffee or masala tea?
Neither. Lapsang Souchong

What do you cook on a day off?
I don’t get a day off! If possible, I cook at least three times a week; usually desi, but also Italian and modern European

Are you a beach or mountain person?
Neither — I am a jungle person

Your favourite city?
New Delhi

What’s your fragrance?
Curzon Cologne by Trumper’s

The shoemaker you trust your sole with:
Crockett & Jones

Your shaving mantra
I sport a beard!

Your favorite evening wear
Bandhgala

Gels, oils and lotions for you?
Trumper’s West-Indian Limes hair-cream

Your current set of wheels
Land Rover

In the car is it sleep or cell for you?
Music

Your ideal holiday:
Being on safari

At parties do you like to talk turkey or make PC?
That depends on the party

A few of your Goddesses are:
Now, that would be telling.

Your favourite motto:
We shall never surrender


Jaisal Singh, CEO, SUJAN Luxury Hotels

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