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In the Jewish community of ancient ancestors, Shivya Nath was found to be a courageous traveler. He lives a restless life, traveling the world with his wallet. Shivya is the author of a best-selling book, “The shooting star”, in which he tells more about his life and experiences while traveling. This book is inspiring for women who live at home, long for a free life, and want to travel the world.
In an interview with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Shivya tells us more about the experience of travel around the world. She tells us what it takes to travel the world as an individual woman and tells us about her painful and sweet experiences.
You traveled so far and saw the world so amazingly that you could hardly move. The obvious question – what convinced you to travel the world?
I grew up in a protected Indian family in Dehradun, a valley in the foothills of the Himalayas, and as a child I used to worry about what was on the other side of the mountains that I could see on my roof. After high school, I went to Singapore to study, having big dreams and huge student debt. As luck would have it, I graduated in the middle of the 2009 financial crisis, when many of the companies I wanted to work with had left their jobs. I got a job at the Singapore Tourism Board, where my media experiments began, and I began to follow the journey of travel writers / bloggers around the world. It was impossible to stop my unstable cubicle life, so in 2011, I took 2 weeks unpaid work. I went for a walk through Western Europe with a friend, and we volunteered to go to the Himalayan mountains of India. During those two months, I saw, knew, and lived more than I had ever felt before. Less than a week after I returned to work, I decided to give up my first and corporate job and look forward to traveling on my own.
Your new project, Voices of Rural India is taking a toll and picking up honors for telling the most unexpected stories. What do you think it will be like?
Voices of Rural India is a way of transforming unprecedented epidemics into an opportunity for others to expand digital skills in rural India, as well as to keep rural knowledge slowly disappearing. Voices of Rural India is a profit-making way of making money that hopes to change the myth, by writing exclusively with local readers – articles, photos or videos. Unlike many online platforms, rural India stories are reported directly by local readers. In a short period of time, Voices of Rural India is developing ways to raise money for affected people through digital media. Over time, the goal is to develop digital reading skills at the bottom, as well as to become a repository of local culture and knowledge, written in local language. We are currently working with rural communities in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Maharashtra and Gujarat, through international tourism agencies such as the Global Himalayan Expedition, Himalayan Ecotourism, Himalayan Ark, Spiti Ecosphere and Grassroutes Journeys. This is supported by the Digital Empowerment Foundation. We eagerly await the world after Covid, where we can visit our partner communities, conduct digital interviews, identify local talent and look forward to overcoming other urban and rural divisions.
Where are your favorite places to date? You can answer yes to several questions.
There is so much to love about so many places! I love my country India, because despite its challenges, there is nowhere near the diversity of natural beauty, food and culture that it offers. It is probably one of the few places in the world where guests can quickly become friends. Apart from that, I feel a strong connection with Guatemala, Bhutan, Georgia and Iran.
Your commitment to environmental protection and climate change issues is also important. What do you think would be the biggest change that would make people save themselves?
As I travel around the world slowly, I learn new ways of doing things. And that is what we need on a large scale – politically, economically and personally.
We should not rely on fossil fuels, the issues we choose for our leaders, how we treat other animals as friends and others such as food (speciesism), how we measure development and much more.
Deep learning (hopefully) allows us to rebuild a world of passion and reason and compassion, not money.
Your book ‘A Shooting Star’ is a best seller. Along with travelogue, it also has to do with one’s spiritual journey. Do you agree with the statement that people can better understand each other by communicating and knowing different things?
The Shooting Star records my battles and my adventures from the cubicle to the road, as well as from a small town in India to the ends of the earth. I am writing candidly about my challenges of transitioning from an ordinary Indian girl to a free spirit, who wants to be private, to explore the world properly and to break other ideas along the way. I write about my relationships, the battles, the successes and life-changing experiences, and how I tried to deal with my great fears.
There is no doubt that walking is an internal journey similar to a physical one.
Tell us about a time when you walked alone and were troubled?
After sailing safely through some of Central America’s most famous landmarks (such as Honduras, the so-called ‘most violent place in the world’), I lost interest in Costa Rica. On a quick bus ride to the airport to board a flight to the Pacific Coast, cabbie and I chatted as friends who had already passed away. Near the airport, he told me that we should just stay in the car so it was best to leave the road before walking; I agreed without hesitation. When we arrived, I paid for her and got off the bus, only to find her carrying my little purse – which contained my passport, laptop and everything else of value – and asking for more money or leaving. I had $ 50 in my pocket and handed it to her, trembling at the thought of being alone without my valuables. Looking back, there were many ideas that I did not find; he asked me if I had a family in the country, or if I had a local SIM card – questions that would scare me. I felt shaken for a few days, I couldn’t trust anyone I met along the way, I found solace in a place full of other guests, in contrast to my usual routine. It was not about the money I lost, but the confidence I lost, and it took me months to recover it.
What have you done so well so far? The most satisfying time at your job?
There have been many satisfying moments along the way: Publishing my first book and seeing it on sale all over the world just over a month after; recognition, reward and international recognition for my work in promoting mobility, immersion; launching a clothing donation sponsored by The Shooting Star that raises funds for forest farming in my state of Uttarakhand; and more recently, Voices of Rural India has teamed up to challenge how digital mythology takes place in India. But I think I get a lot more satisfaction when a reader asks me to share how my work has helped them by encouraging them to make different choices in their lives.
Travel, in and of itself, is considered a barrier to women in many parts of India. What do you think could change this?
While most of us choose to travel on our own and share our stories online or online, change needs to happen. While single women are considered to be a problem in some parts of India and around the world, there is a lot of discussion, acceptance and encouragement online now.