Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya

Title: Aisle be Damned
Author: Rishi Piparaiya
Publisher: Jaico Books
ISBN: 978-81-8495-465-4
Number of Pages: 214
Price [INR] : 250
Genre: Non-Fiction : Humor

I have done a lot of live blogging posts from bus, railway stations, trains and airports. I believe, these are the places which are always buzzing with activity, so these are the perfect places to give you masala for a blog post. All you have to do is observe and you come across some really interesting stories.

Rishi Piparaiya’s bio says that he is an over-worked and over-traveled corporate executive based in the skies. So, a person who has traveled the world must have a lot of stories to share. And that is what Rishi has done in his debut novel Aisle be Damned.

Aisle be Damned is a hilarious take on just about everything associated with air travel.

It starts with hunting for baggage trolley…

One of the wheels, of one of the trolleys, in one of the trolley stands, in one of the terminals of the airport, wobbles with one of the most excruciating sounds at the upper end of man’s auditory threshold. Congratulations and you are the lucky winner!

…to how to get seamlessly upgraded to Business Class and how to adopt the BCP (Business Class Posture).

Essentially, the posture requires that you put your boarding card on the armrest, where it is visible to gapers who can read it and register your celebrity status. the posture involves taking sophisticated sips of a beverage at regular intervals. And it requires you to dive into any newspaper that you find, keeping one eye sharply cocked to gauge the reactions of passersby.

It has the hows and whys of micromanaging the pilots and the action plans to counter the airlines Technical Snag routine,  sure shot strategies for winning the affections of flight attendants. There are awesome icebreakers to start conversations with attractive co-passengers and how smart executives deal with the Walk of Shame to the economy section. Aisle be Damned also tells us how a water bottle dramatically improves flight safety and you can breeze through immigration and customs, and a whole lot more

I finished reading this book in a few hours and had so many laugh out loud moments. Rishi has thought of everything that could go wrong or right, when you are traveling by air. Every person who has traveled by air, either once or a million times can relate to this book completely. And the fact that it is written in such a fun and humorous way, makes it an absolute unputdownable. The pictures and captions used in the book are outright funny and amusing.

I could visualize the scenes explained by the author and this gives me an idea that if Aisle be Damned is made into a TV documentary, it would be so fun. Imagine the scene where battle for elbow space on the seat in a flight is showed or the LIFO and FIFO method when boarding via an aerobridge or a bus!!

Overall, Aisle Be Damned is an absolutely enjoyable and insightful read. I agree with the author when he says that your flying experience will never be the same again, after reading this book.

Rating : 4/5

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