Sunday, October 20, 2013

Book review: Aisle be damned

Should I even talk about the history of receiving this book at my door step? (I wished an air hostess as hot as in the cover page delivered this book!) I hope the cover page speaks it all. Well I finally got to believe that there do exist books that make to laugh our head off until we try to catch the final breath. I want to talk about this brilliant, sexy yet catchy cover page which attracts any reader and I thank Madhur Shroff for the cover images.

A Hilarious Take on just about Everything Associated with Air Travel.

- Getting seamlessly upgraded to Business Class.
- The hows and whys of micromanaging the pilots.
- Action plans to counter the airlines Technical Snag routine.
- Sure shot strategies for winning the affections of flight attendants.
- Awesome icebreakers to start conversations with attractive co-passengers.
- How smart executives deal with the Walk of Shame to the economy section.
- How a water bottle dramatically improves flight safety.
- Breezing through immigration and customs, always making your flight connections and a whole lot more

Rest assured, your flying experience will never be the same again!

The tag line ‘Swaying hips, praying lips and flying tips’ gives a clear idea about the content. This guide book as I see, talks everything that one would encounter with air travel. Starting from packing your stuffs till reaching your destination, this book helps you to provide some hilarious tips which I’m sure of following in my next travel. I think no one can ever advice better with the essential packing list to ensure a safe and pleasant journey.

Reading this book will ensure a new experience with your next travel even if you had been an air traveler by birth. I think airlines should give a thought about the author’s plan to offer this book as in-flight reading material.

His guidelines to dress yourself like a business class for an upgrade, the FIFO and LIFO principles in the bus, whether to choose the window or the aisle seat, pros and cons of all three sections, how to snatch the portions of the armrest when sitting in the center seat, the water bottle test and so many other intriguing tips. It will make you to note all so far gone unnoticed things around you. 

This is not a book which I think one can give any absurd excuse to pause the reading for a while to read the rest later. Few pages will make you want to read it again in time. One read will make you include this book in your packing list. Reading this book as you travel will make your journey hilarious.

The author has chosen not-so-complex writing style. There is humor in each page and each word. The next time you step into the airport, your only focus will be in all the stuff that the author has discussed here. Your journey will never be the same anymore. A must read for frequent travelers and also those who are yet to make their first travel.

Looking forward for my next travel. I would give all stars for this hilarious yet interesting book.

About the author:
Rishi piparaiya ia an over-worked and over traveled corporate executive based in the skies, 38,000 feet over India.

You can buy the book from Amazon or Flipkart.

Happy reading :-)

1 comment:

  1. Rishi Piparaiya has truly outdone himself and has shown himself to be a master of satire. He has shown great care and acute observational skills in picking the most annoying and embarrassing of things that happen in one's day to day exchange with the airport and it's queer inhabitants and projected them in a hilarious and thoroughly entertaining way. He has given an whole new outlook to the things that happen in and out of an airplane. Seriously who would have thought that my missing jacket was actually stolen by the Italian mafia.

    Rishi uses a delicate and simple style of writing to convey his story and that too with an even flavor of humour and satire. There is a chance that his sense of humour, predominant his style of humour would come across as slapstick to some but it is undeniable that he got a suave way of making his readers laugh. Anyone who has ever been on a flight and anyone who has seen the way the various quirks of the aluminium tube that flies will find it interesting and can relate to it seamlessly. It is just an understatement to say that Rishi has outdone himself.

    They book though randomly satirical, is not random at all in organization. The book is neatly edited and organized as in the order of which the events would occur in an actual flight, from take off to landing and this differentiate 'Aisle be damned' from a regular book of jokes and into a humorous page turner. I will though advice the ones who have not flown to keep away, you don't need to add to your aviatophobia do we and secondly most jokes would appear to be tasteless and blown up to a person who is unaccustomed with such an environment as an airport.

    But for everyone else this is hilarious and light hearted, and would make your stomach hurt from laughing. I personally found the beginning and end to be rather bland and tasteless in nature as compared to the rest of it. I give the book a 'good' status and recommend it exclusively for all fliers, frequent and otherwise. The swaying hips awaits... *chuckle*.