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PADMANABH SINGH/ Handicap: +2 goals
Carrying the family legacy forward

Hailing from a family with an enviable polo pedigree, Padmanabh Singh of the erstwhile Royal house of Jaipur took to the sport, in keeping with the family tradition at a young age of 13. Known fondly by his peers as "Pacho" he was named “Breakout Player of the Year” in 2015 at the Yes Bank Indian Masters Polo. The Millfield School alumnus recently turned 18 and has officially been declared the Titular Maharaja of Jaipur. Tall and dashing, Padmanabh was named a global ambassador for La Martina and has joined the ranks of other world-class players like Eduardo Novillo Astrada and Nacho Novillo Astrada as their brand ambassadors.

Polo Life had a brief interview with Padmanabh and here is what he said:

PL: Most memorable win?
PS: Sirmur Cup 2016 in Jaipur, especially because I had the privilege of receiving it from my grandmother, who also happens to be the Princess of Sirmur.

PL: What was your experience playing in the English season this year?
PS: I feel very lucky as there are so many opportunities one gets in England. One gets to play with some of the best players in the world, playing some of the best horses on the best fields so it is a pleasure always. I also think there is a lot of history as well as a huge connection between polo and my family, with my great grandfather having played here with the famous Jaipur polo team and winning mostly everything gaining them the popular title, 'The Invincibles’. I therefore, feel polo more than a passion, is a responsibility I have to carry on for my family's past and tradition.

PL: What do you like doing when you are not playing?
PS: Every time I do find some time away from polo, I like to go back to my home, in Jaipur and spend some time with my family as I'm mostly away in England or playing polo somewhere and do not get much of them.

PL: A sport you follow outside polo?
PS: I'm a keen follower of football and do try and go for a kick-about, every time I get the opportunity.

PL: Who is your idol?
PS: My father as I very profoundly respect the fact that he has had a life full of obstacles and has very gracefully overcome them and continues to support our family, be it with our businesses back in Jaipur or my mother's new found obsession, politics, as the man of our family.

PL: How would you describe your sense of style?
PS: Fashion is something that is very close to my heart as I believe one’s appearance can speak volumes about them. Personally, I like to keep it very simple trying to go back to classic looks and focusing on the details. I fondly admire the way designer Raghavendra Rathore, who I work a lot with, takes us back to the good old days full of regality and grandeur with his luxury clothing.

PL: What is your favourite band?
PS: As much as I would hate to admit it, I do not happen to be a keen listener of music, however I do try and keep up with all the latest pop music and do look up what is trending every so often.

PL: Preferred holiday destination?
PS: Having just been on a Euro trip, I would recommend a trip to the Greek islands, perhaps Mykonos or Zakynthos, which is known for its beaches.

PL: What is your favourite dish?
PS: I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food and try and stick to basic home cooked food. Having said that, a well-cooked piece of meat is something I wouldn't mind treating myself to.

PL: What is your favourite gadget?
PS: My iPhone

PL: What is your greatest extravagance?
PS: Has to be horses.

PL: What’s your favourite movie?
PS: A Beautiful Mind

PL: Twitter or Instagram?
PS: Instagram (@pachojaipur)

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