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Winning Stroke: Interview With Shaji Kumar Devkar, Managing Partner, IIFL Investment Managers

In an interview, Shaji Kumar Devkar, Managing Partner, IIFL Investment Managers opens up about his personal preferences, life and much more

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If not in the current profession, you would be?
Film Maker, Larger than life film maker

One tune you always hum.
Maestro Ilaiyaraaja’s memorable composition – ‘Yeh Zindagi Gale Laga Le”.

One book to read when you want to motivate yourselves.
The Alchemist. It is a very inspiring story and highlights how when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

One dialogue of a movie that motivates you or you like the most?
From the movie ‘Any Given Sunday’ by Al Pacino - Either we heal now as a team, or we will die as individuals.

The place you never been to and always want to go.
Tokyo – Besides gadgets and gardens the view from Mori Tower Observation Deck is something I wish to see.

An animal that signifies you & why?
Lion. An inspiration to leadership and teamwork and signifies strength and courage.

A Movie Character you most resemble or resonate with.
Daniel Oceans

Choose one from each below :
Marvel or DC – Marvel
Batman or Superman – Batman
Tom or Jerry – both
Chacha Chaudhary or Super Commando Dhruv – none

If your life was to be turned into a movie who would you like to play your part?
Shah Ruk Khan - I wouldn't trust my story with anyone else but the Badshaah!

Luck or Hard Work, what do you think weighs more in defining a successful person?
I’ll do the hard work and make the world feel luck was on my side too.

One best decision you ever made.
Professional entrepreneurship by joining the wealth management industry and turning that into my passion.

A strategy that you always use to take your decisions in personal or professional life?
To first see how my decision would affect all the stakeholders and ensure alignment of interest in all that I undertake.

Whose advise you seek when in dilemma?
My friend and colleague, Nitin Sood.

What has been your biggest achievement?
Building a team which is inseparable and keeping them motivated during all emotional and market cycles.

One thing that you want to change in yourself?
To take up a sport as passionately as I have taken up my career.

A line said by your closest one that you never forget.
Motion creates emotion and the energy is contagious.

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Jeet Sharma

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