“What would you do differently if you had a second chance at life?”
In 2011, I decided to take a second chance at life. I quit my full-time 9-to-5 job and the corporate rat race with a dream of seeking an unconventional way of life. Two years later, I gave up my home, sold most of my belongings and decided to travel the world indefinitely. This journey has taken me to 50+ countries across 6 continents, often solo.
My book – The Shooting Star – charts my battles and adventures from the cubicle to the road, and from small-town India to remote corners of the globe. I write candidly about my struggles of transitioning from an average Indian girl to a free soul, who wants to live on her own terms, explore the world meaningfully and smash stereotypes along the way. I write about my relationships, battles, triumphs and life-changing encounters, and how I tried to conquer my deepest fears.
The Shooting Star: Rated #1 Bestseller in Travel Writing on Amazon!
The Shooting Star will be available in bookstores after 25th September 2018.
Media: Features and reviews
“Her upcoming book, The Shooting Star, reveals that the blogger wasn’t cut out for a nine-to-five routine job. This craving is not new nor is it exclusive to Shivya. Many of us feel the need to break away from the monotony of day-to-day life and go out exploring the world with a backpack. But how many have the courage to do that? Shivya’s blog and writings have helped many people change their perspective about young girls choosing unconventional professions.”
~ Deccan Chronicle (Sept 2018)
TV Interview on NewsX about my travels and book (Sept 2018):
Reviews on Amazon
Reviews on social media
Its been a day since I started reading @shivya 's book. Just after 1st chapter, I was in a different world. My head was spinning. Its so different from her blog. Personal, emotional, adventurous and full of insights. It compels you to think of your life choices and question.
— Poonam Gupta (@p00namgupta) September 18, 2018
Totally enjoyed reading the book #TheShootingStar by @shivya, my favourite chapter being the one on Bribri. Well worded, honest, and real. Highly recommend reading the book before you travel next to learn about an alternate style of #travelling.
— Divya (@kaapikudi) September 20, 2018
Just finished reading. Was wondering whether the writer in you made you a traveller or the traveller made you a writer. Magnificently illustrated. Riveting. For a while it leads to self introspection.
— Vimal Katiyar (@vimal111066) September 19, 2018
Now reading: The inspiring story of a girl @shivya who just wanted to travel the world! Admire her bold decision to follow through with her heart's desire despite all odds and happy to read about how she made it work for her as a livelihood option.All the best Shivya, keep going! pic.twitter.com/YrKZNDH5oj
— sampathmenon (@sampathmenon) September 22, 2018
— Manisha Panwar (@panwarmanisha) September 22, 2018
#nowreading @shivya's brand new book on her adventures around the world after she quit her job & all other conventionally coveted 'assets' like a home, a short-distance? relationship and the idea of putting down roots.That first chapter has won me over! Great writing, as always! pic.twitter.com/ix5s1Bymri
— Sharanya Iyer (@trulynomadly) September 18, 2018
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So, I got my copy of 'The Shooting Star' written by @shivya , published by @penguinindia delivered today by @amazondotin at my doorstep today. I'm already halfway through the book(🙏 my day can't be any better🙏) and couldn't help but posting a picture of it😀 Those who don't know about the book and the author, Shivya Nath is an Indian travel blogger who gave up her home and it's been more than 7 years now since she has started living nomadically. This is her very first book named after her travel blog "The Shooting Star" which is India's leading travel blog as well. Those who haven't bought the copy yet, this book depicts her story, from quitting her steady paying corporate jobs to how she became full-time nomad – her story is going to make you go 'Wow'… • • @shivya you're such an inspiration to me and many other travel bloggers out there. I'm glad that you finally wrote your 1st book; wish you success for this one and upcoming ones too…….☺️ • • • #theshootingstar #travelblogger #amazonindia #nomadlife #bookstagram #book #travellove #walkingthemiles #travelstory #photography #nikon #nikonphotography