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The Shooting Star

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Shivya Nath quit her corporate job at age twenty-three to travel the world. She gave up her home and the need for a permanent address, sold most of her possessions and embarked on a nomadic journey that has taken her everywhere from remote Himalayan villages to the Amazon rainforests of Ecuador. Along the way, she lived with an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala, ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 14th 2018 by PENGUIN
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Raksha Bhat
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, indian-authors
Una Vida- Un Libro Para Leer...
One Life-One Book to Read!

To travel is to introspect, you see more of yourself than the world and Shivya Naths writing echoes this idea excellently. Having followed her blog this book was something I had been waiting for, going by the number of people around me who have spoken about the author or this book I can say that there are many like me who are eager to read her story. What impressed me more than the interesting anecdotes and experiences is the way she
nalini singh
Feb 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't know what the author wanted to achieve from this book except being able to pay for her purposeless nomadic lifestyle filled with a lot of alcohol (there is more detail about the types of beer/wine/local brews she drank than the places she visited) ... Her below par writing, lack of honesty/transparency (she keeps mentioning her partner in gender neutral terms - is it a man or a woman, is it one or many partners--we don't know. I mean it's 2019!), missing storyline and life mission made ...more
Kavya Suresh
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sheer Brilliance. Re-evaluating life right now.😌
If I have to take one thing from the book it's "Una Vida" - One life..
The Shooting Star is not a travelogue or a itinerary or a collection of short stories. It's all of them and more. Shivya is very relatable, with respect to her thoughts, the only difference between her and us is that she puts her thoughts to action and is braver than most of us. I enjoyed the first part of her.. I think I can call it a "memoir" (I expect this book to become a
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought the book assuming it would be a personal voyage with deeper insights, but it felt too guarded to me in parts. As a follower on Instagram, it felt exactly like the posts Shivya puts up regularly. I guess I was expecting more? Special mention to the cocoa story though...heady feeling just imagining it all.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am glad I picked this one up.

So this one is not a piece of literature, the content is not ornamented... but its a piece of heart !
Glad to see how simple flow of words could connect us to actual experiences.

The only style in which she wrote this book is what she felt, what she did and what she saw!

And why I liked this book so much is because through her words and stories I somewhat got a glimpse of what it would have been like if only I too were as brave as hers ...

Its a must read for people
Bookish Devil
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Before discussing the book, I would like to offer a tidbit about her background. In 2011, Shivya Nath, a 23-year-old Indian girl hailing from a small town in Dehradun, decided to cut off all ties with her mundane corporate job to travel the world. Till date, she has traveled to over 50 countries and was featured on the cover of NatGeo Traveller India 2017 and various other international publications have written articles about her audacious journey across continents around the globe.

The shooting
Geevika Bhatia
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been following Shivya's Travel blog - The Shooting star, since it was introduced to me by a friend from Dehradun, few years ago. I love to read her blog posts as they give a totally different perspective unlike any other travel blog out there, most of which are just contributing to over tourism.

Ok, yeah, I know this review is not about her blog, so let's talk about the book. Before picking up this book, I was wondering how it will be any different from her blog. Why would a travel blogger
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shivya's book can hold its own among the great travel memoirs of the past. Her writing is lucid and heartfelt. She challenges societal conventions and provides a peek into the human journey behind the glamorous facade of modern day travel.
Jimish Parekh
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why do you travel solo?
- Freedom
This is amazing for me as I mostly travel solo and write about my travelling experience.
Best travelling book yet.
Gunjan Dhir
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If one word I have to say, that would be

Priya Dharshini  Thangamani
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
To the author,
I had come to know about this book when I happened to stumble upon an article in a magazine. I am not an avid reader of non fiction yet something about that article made me to order this book immediately. The book itself is magical and honestly I was not expecting to feel what I am feeling right now. All your experiences across the world, I found so much warmth and the words went straight to my heart. Its been a while I have felt this way reading a non fiction. All your emotions
Sathvik shetty
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travelogue
If you are looking for a chronological memoir of a girl justifying why she chose to quit a lucrative job and travel solo to the remote parts of this big bad world, then this book is not for you.
This is a book splattered with memories, emotions and stories of a small town girl, finally living her life by her terms. You travel across the globe as her fleeting memories fly by. In a single chapter, you'd have traveled from the remote corners of Guatemala, Africa, to the vast expanses of the Rann of
Sravanthi Edara
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all dream of one path to walk through, while only few us actually take that path and follow our dreams. There are hundreds of inhibitions which we prioritise over what we actually want to perceive, it may be what society approves to be a good or safe path or it may be so called settled life with home, money and children. Shivya is one among those who chose the path which wants to. Travelling solo in a native style, sooo many unique experiences which we are never gonna experience if we stick ...more
Jimish Parekh
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why do you travel solo?
- Freedom
Most amazing travel book I have ever read yet. Being a solo traveler and a wanna be travel blogger I loved every experience shared by shivya
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel fortunate to have read this book at a very crucial point of my life, and having realised that, I'm sure my life is not going to be be the same ever, now that I read The Shooting Star.
This is not a travel journal for travel enthusiasts. This book would not help you plan and prepare for your adventures, give you geographical details or historical citations to marvel at. On the contrary, this book would help you effortlessly flip through 140ish pages and take you around the globe through the
Vishal Patil
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Solid Travel experience reflects boldly in book. It is stuffed enough to inspire any soul.
Must read for who aspire to travel !
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magnificently written. Not able to pause once started reading. Riveting. The description is so lively that you feel as if your in the place. Social issues taken up in very subtle manner. Worth every penny. All the best Shivya. Shall wait for your next book.
Poonam Gupta
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Its been two weeks since Shivya 's first book was delivered. It may be an easy breeze of about 200 chapters, but it took me more than the anticipated time to finish reading it. Its not your regular travel related book where the author pens down only about the bright side of travelling - crystal clear oceans lined with pristine white beach, colorful tulips, cherry blossoms, snow-capped mountains, cobalt blue skies, starry nights, milky waterfalls, lush green forests.

Instead it focuses on a
Remya P
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Unbeknownst to me, it had become my mission to prove that the world isn't the horrible place we often make it out to be. That just because there are some dirty fish, it doesn't mean the entire ocean is dirty and we need to confine ourselves to the shores we know. The fear bred by the news compels people to stay at home - trapped in a shrinking comfort zone - like it had once compelled me. I had much to unlearn for the sake of the freedom I chased, the victimhood I despised and my mission to ...more
Divya Behl
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Given Shivya's unique approach to travelling and travel blogging, I had to get my hands on her book as soon as it came out. Just like her blog posts, the chapters are deep, meaningful, and intense. She narrates her journey into the far-off lands - that are otherwise rarely talked about - with an intimacy that kept me hooked. In spite of the fact that some of the chapters carry similar stories to those in her blog posts, in the book, the descriptions are uninhibited and personal. At times, it ...more
Sowmya's book world
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I must say it's one of it's kind. i guess aspiring to write or aspiring to travel is something which most people want . I must say i am one of them too and i have always made my boundaries by saying "may be it's not for me", "i can't do it " the reason goes so on and on. reading travel book merely gives me a pleasure and motivation to go one step towards my desires . reading this book has certainly given me enough boost to realize that boundaries made by us as long as we keep them it certainly ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am simply stunned by the work of this debut Indian writer - Shivya. So glad I stumbled upon this book, which I am sure is going to leave tingling sensation in the hearts of many readers. Through her honest writing, she has described her life altering travel experiences in a soul touching manner. The book is surely going to inspire several people to go see the world, especially single women travellers. Her book truly epitomizes the saying 'You don't take the trip, it's the trip that takes ...more
Kushal Kamra
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my most awaited books of 2018, Shivya's journey was worth so much more than it would first look at first. Her poignant and path-breaking journey through our world, her first-hand experiences and the fact that I can relate to her up-bringing, made this a wonder read.

Give it a shot, I'm sure you will love the journey and will surely fall in love with travel and this traveler.

Happy Read :)
Kevin Jerome
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, have, memoir
Introduces you to a whole new perspective on travel. Shows you how it's done.

Started reading thinking it would be just another travelogue, but it turned out to much more than that.
Mujib Mundewadi
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing is simple, lucid and straight from the heart. The travel accounts are quite interesting while the author's self introspection is very insightful.
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it

The first part of this book is about the author's journey, from a girl growing up in a protective but progressive family, to a woman who travels the world by herself. The transition hasn't been easy, and I suspect there's a lot more that the author chooses not to reveal. The travel experiences I liked, begin from somewhere in the middle of the book, and this is what I loved most, where she speaks of places, people and experiences.

While the author's blog, and this book are called 'the shooting
David Jose
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this is one of the best travel experience I've read lately. I can so much relate with her up - bringing. I felt like I was beside her, traveling the world wherever she goes. It was a beautiful experience reading this book. I'm too dreaming to live a life like her. My friends, Just read this book . Thanks Shivya! More strength to you.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Such a disappointing read.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very conversational, flows well, easy, intriguing read. Coffee table/ flight category book. Enjoyed how personal and relatable the author's experiences and doubts about life were.
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Shivya Nath (born 1988) grew up in Dehradun, India. At age 23, she quit her corporate job and a couple of years later, gave up her home, sold most of her belongings and started living nomadically. She is the author of one of Indias leading travel blogs, The Shooting Star ( She appeared on the cover of National Geographic Traveller India magazine in 2017, and has been ...more

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