My entry into the conference room a little earlier had interrupted a discussion between Shibulal and one of her employees about someone she has just met who was convinced that the building of resorts like hers spelt the beginning of the end for Coorg, a pristine part of Karnataka's coffee country and the location of Shibulal's resort.
"If she just visited the resort, I'm sure she would be persuaded to think differently," says Shibulal, with a confidence that is also unassuming.
It is a confidence that might have something to do with the fact that she has already launched two popular fine-dining restaurants in Bangalore, the high-end Caperberry known for experimenting with molecular gastronomy and the like, and Faava, which serves Mediterranean cuisine.
Shibulal says she might not always have known she wanted to be in hospitality but she knew what she did not want to do, and one of those things was a career in IT.
"Oh, that was decided after the tenth standard itself, when I dropped computer science," she says.
This steering off the IT path is in line with what the children of the other Infosys promoters such as Narayan Murthy and Nandan Nilekani have done.
(Infosys also has in place a policy according to which the promoters' children cannot join the company.)
College was in the US, at Haverford, where she majored in chemistry, with a minor in philosophy.
"I was much better at doing things and dealing with people than academics," she says.
This and a determination to be in New York meant a stint with Merrill Lynch's wealth management division in NYC which, while enjoyable, also made her feel she could do something more.
Image Courtesy: Tamara, Coorg