Our long time friend Shivya Nath recently published a beautiful book “The Shooting Star“, about her solo journeys around the world. The Shooting Star has already sold 10,000+ copies in a little over a month of its release and acquired the status of a National Bestseller in India..
Years ago when Shivya stayed with us and explored Wayanad, we never thought in our wildest dreams Shivya will be penning down her story in such a beautiful way. This is not a review but a humble attempt to say what this book is all about.
The Shooting Star is all about little things…
How a 23 year girl from a little village in Dehra Dun, leaves the safety of her family, the town she knows and her well paid job to put her faith in total strangers and starts backpacking. In a world full of material possessions, Shivya decided to build life-long memories through exploration. It’s a well-written memoir of a hitchhiker that covers the different emotions, positive and negative, that come to play during solo trips.
It addresses a topic a lot of people are at least curious about; “Female traveling Solo.” This is an internal roller coaster spread across different continents. This is not an epic adventure or a travel diary. This is not a story about defeating fear and being courageous. This is real life.
After the first chapter which is a bit freaky or hallucinating realism, Shivya takes us to the magical land of Spiti where she watches shooting stars. From here the journey unfolds.
So, do I think you should read The Shooting Star? Well, yes. Shivya has written down her story in a fluent way, not only taking us along on her trip but also forcing us to think about some of the questions she poses herself along the way.
(Picture Credits: The Shooting Star blog)