Weekend Unwind with: Narrative co-founder Deepali Shetty

Weekend Unwind with: Narrative co-founder Deepali Shetty

The latest in the series of the informal chat with industry exec in our weekend-special.


Mumbai: With another weekend upon us, it is time to unwind with the latest Q&A edition of Indiantelevision.com’s Weekend Unwind-a series of informal chats that peek into the minds of business executives through a fun lens in an attempt to get to know the person behind the title a little better.

In this week’s session, we have Narrative co-founder Deepali Shetty.

Shetty is an alumna of T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal and is a seasoned business development and sales leader. She has an experience of over 20 years covering long-term stints at leading investment consulting firms. Her experience spans across product development, sales and marketing strategy, product launches, customer acquisition and strategic alliances. Prior to narrative, she was the national head of sales and marketing at India Life Capital (currently Mercer Wealth India) and held key leadership positions at ING Mutual Fund in Mumbai and Bangalore. As Narrative’s co-founder, she oversees campaigns and their performance, builds and nurtures strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and enjoys fostering long-term relationships and driving collaborative success. Her deep understanding of the business landscape combined with her creative flair and passion for all things design, has helped narrative establish a strong track record for delivering innovative and impactful solutions to clients.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Shetty is an avid traveller and loves exploring new countries and cultures.

So, without further ado, here it goes…

·         Your mantra for Life

Don’t take it too seriously. Laugh at yourself and let others too!

·         A Book you are currently reading / plan to read

Just started reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

·         Your Fitness mantra, especially during the pandemic

Was lucky to have access to open spaces so mostly walking and cycling.

·         Your comfort food

Mom’s Mangalorean mutton curry with rice.

·         When the chips are down a quote/ philosophy that keeps you going

I don’t rely on quotes to keep me going. I just put my head down and do what I need to do. The chips can fall where they have to. As a practice, I try not to hype the problem. I break it into smaller parts and try to deal with the parts one at a time. It's easier that way!  

·         Your guilty pleasure

Foot rubs while sipping chai.

·         When was the last time you tried something new?

I wanted to say taking a dip in a Japanese Onsen 2 months ago but then also this – answering these questions is also a first!

·         A Life lesson you learnt the hard way

That life cannot be planned. The astrologer got and continues to get everything wrong.

·         If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

There will always be important people in your life who are not happy with the decisions you make. But fearlessly stick to that decision if you know it’s what you want. Everyone else will come around.   

·         What gets you excited about life?

Knowing that I have the freedom to live it on my terms. Which essentially means that I don’t have to make everything a project or a plan, it’s totally ok if I fail and every now then there is a moment of serendipity.

·         What’s on top of your bucket list?

Bet a million bucks on roulette. Close my eyes and pray

·         One thing you would most like to change about the world

Rid it of cockroaches? The real answer is nothing. To change one thing, you have to change many things.

·         An activity that keeps you motivated / charged during tough times

Reconnecting with an old friend or contact, catching up with their life and work, sharing notes and rehashing good times.

·         What lifts your spirits when life gets you down?

Always music. AC/DC, DEF Leppard and classic rock from the 80’s and 90’s

·         Your go-to stress buster

When in the office, it’s got to be Friday – our beautiful indie rescue who actively plays stress buster for all of us in return for back scratches. Check out her shenanigans on @fridayinfocus on the gram. Also, watching reruns of FRIENDS or Seinfeld usually does the trick.