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Although the chief executive’s role at Infosys Ltd has rotated in turn among the founders of the company, there’s a clear policy about keeping out family members of the top management.

No surprise then that Shruti Shibulal, daughter of Infosys co-founder and current CEO S.D. Shibulal has kept herself far removed from the world of technology and consulting services.

The 27-year-old MBA graduate from Columbia Business School began her career with Merrill Lynch in 2006, but found her interest and passion lay in the hospitality sector.

Shruti joined hands with well-known chef Abhijit Saha and founded Avant Garde Hospitality which runs fine dining restaurants in Bangalore. Both Caperberry, with its focus on molecular gastronomy, and the Mediterranean restaurant Fava in upmarket mall UB City, have been favourably received by patrons.

Besides this, she also runs the Tamara Coorg, a 30-key luxury resort spread across a 170 acre estate that produces coffee, cardamom, pepper, and honey that opened last year.

She had zeroed in on the Kabindakkad coffee plantation in the Coorg district of Karnataka after exploring opportunities in luxury tourism following a brief stint with Shangri-La hotels in Hong Kong in 2011.

Billed as offering a 360 degree coffee experience, the Tamara allows guests to create their own signature blends right from plucking the berries and pulping them, all the way to blending and roasting their selected beans.

The Tamara is targeted at the luxury tourism market, with a typical stay of three nights and four days costing 45,000. She plans to expand the Tamara brand elsewhere in south India.

As of June 2012, Shruti held a 0.64% stake in Infosys, worth close to 900 crore.

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