Desi at heart

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 05:01 hrs

Best work moment:
When our luxury tented camps — Sher Bagh, Ranthambhore and The Serai, Jaisalmer — 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:
Warriors by Max Hastings, Events, Dear Boy, Events edited by Ruth Winstone, Full Circle by Dave Varty, Africa House by Christina Lamb and Too Close 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:

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?

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

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?

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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