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The Shooting Star

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-fiction

The Shooting Star

Full Title: A Girl, Her Backpack, and the World

Author: Shivya Nath
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

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, hiked alone in the Ecuadorian Andes, got mugged in Costa Rica, swam across the border from Costa Rica to Panama, slept under a meteor shower in the cracked salt desert of Gujarat and learnt to conquer her deepest fears.
With its vivid descriptions, cinematic landscapes, moving encounters and uplifting adventures.
The Shooting Star is a travel memoir that maps not just the world but the human spirit.

About the Author: 

Shivya Nath grew up in Dehradun, at the base of the Himalayas in India. At the age of twenty-three, she quit her corporate job at the Singapore Tourism Board to travel the world. A couple of years later, she gave up her home, sold most of her belongings and started living nomadically. She has travelled to over fifty countries, and is the author of one of India's leading travel blogs, The Shooting Star. She appeared on the cover of the National Geographic Traveller India magazine in 2017, and her intrepid journey has been featured on BBC Travel, NDTV, TEDx and several national and international publications. This is her first book.

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