TBI number Six. This time its the turn of Shivya who contacted me via twitter this past week. Here’s her answers to my usual bunch of questions …

HI, AND WHO MIGHT YOU BE?Shivya from The Shooting Star

1. Name? Shivya Nath

2. Age? 23

3. Twitter Handle? @shivya

4. URL? http://theshootingstar.wordpress.com

5. Home Town? A small valley at the foothills of the Himalayas in India.

6. Current Location? A small town in North India (weekend break). By the time you read this, I’ll probably be back in Delhi.

7. … Business or pleasure? Pleasure, and business for pleasure. Life’s too short for anything else!

8. Tell us a little bit about what you’re up to at the moment. Best bits, worst bits etc.

I’m sprawling on a fruit farm on the Indian countryside as I write this. I spent 2 years discovering offbeat destinations in Southeast Asia, and moved back to India 3 months ago to explore shores closer to home. Most people travel only the India that lives in cities and guidebooks. I’ve developed an obsession of sorts to tell the world about an India that not many people experience. Let’s just say I’m whipping up something exciting that’s not my blog ;)


9. First travel experience?
I was 2. My parents were heading to Europe and I was too much hassle to carry along. They dumped me in Delhi with relatives. I spent a month falling in love with small-town Italy and discovering Germany off-the-beaten-track earlier this year, and never forgave them for missing out on what it must’ve been like back in the early 90s!

10. Future travel plans?
I’m planning to backpack across the Balkans for 3 months next year…

11. If you could go anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
Pakistan. I was at the India-Pakistan border last evening, and all I wanted to do was walk across into Pakistan, even if just for a cup of tea and some kebabs. Pakistan not only because I imagine it to be really beautiful, especially its side of the Himalayas, but also because that would mean our political differences are largely resolved.

12. If you could avoid going anywhere tomorrow where would it be and why?
China I think. I felt such a connection with the people of Spiti in the Trans-Himalayan region of India, that I’ve really started to feel for Tibet.

13. What 5 items would you not go travelling without?
I hate to travel without a device that can connect me to Twitter & Facebook, so I wouldn’t go without my iPhone. But other than that, I have no whimsical obsessions (yet).

14. Best bit of advice you’ve received?
Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Mark Twain said it, and I swear by it.

15. Worst?
Read everything about a place you can find, before traveling there. I hate doing that because you can’t really experience a place when you’re already carrying someone else’s impressions of the place & its people in your mind.

16. Best bit of advice you can give readers of this piece?
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at it. Those are Rabindranath Tagore’s words, and they hold so true in the travel context. If you really want to travel, you have to keep moving forward. Plan, save, beg, borrow, GO. There will be no better time than now.



17. Favourite ice cream flavour?  

Double chocolate or anything with more chocolate than that.

18. Curry or Chinese?

Curry, thanks to my Indian roots ;) or Chinese made Indian style (you’ve got to try that if you haven’t!).

19. Apple or Andriod?


20. Blogger or WordPress?


21. Guilty Pleasure?

A weekend getaway somewhere obscure when I’m completely broke :)

22. Hostel or hotel?

Budget hotel, it’s always more likely to have a comfy bed to crash in.

23. Airplane seat – isle, centre or window?

Window. I love watching the clouds on a day flight.

24. What song/album are you listening to right now?

Death Cab by Cutie. I’ve been listening to Soul Meets Body on repeat. “There’s still roads left in both of our shoes…”


25. Thank you for answering my questions, as a gesture of thanks I allow you one whole paragraph of shameless plug for your website…

My idea of travel is going to a place that Google can tell me almost nothing about, and knowing Google, such places aren’t easy to find! On The Shooting Star, I blog about offbeat travel experiences and destinations that few have been to & fewer have written about.

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