Saturday, November 02, 2013

Review- Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya

Goodreads Summary:

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!


*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya from Jaico Books in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book! 

I had been seeing Rishi Piparaiya's book, Aisle Be Damned around a lot on social networking profiles of my fellow Indian blogger friends. I was really interested in reading the book since then and in my head, I thought it would be one thing but it ended up being another thing altogether. This is what usually happens when I don't read book summaries and go for a book solely based on it's cover and title or in this case, my own instinct. When I headed over to Goodreads to mark my progress, I came across some really outstanding five star reviews for the book. 
For me, Aisle Be Damned was neither an outstanding read, nor was it trash-able. It was a very well put down book that had many amusing anecdotes which I liked reading along with some really cool information on the airlines industry. Being a student, I am not a frequent traveller, but thanks to family vacations, I can proudly say that I've had a fair experience and share of international travels which made many incidents in the book easy to imagine and relate to. While I did laugh out loud a few times, I, unfortunately, didn't find the book as hilarious as others did or maybe it's just that the silly me didn't quite get the humour. Either way, I don't think it even matters much, unless the book really falls under the humour category. Then I'll need to get my funny bones checked. 
In one of the ending chapters of the book, Rishi Piparaiya asks, on behalf of the bookstores staff, what genre his book would come under and I ask myself the exact same question. I think that the book is perfect for an airport or as an in flight guide as it will probably help one in being aware of one's surroundings and keep the reader entertained as well. It's a very easy and super quick read, thanks to the use of images and illustrations, which for me, are unnecessary, but keeping in account the subject at hand, they did add a kind of fun element to the book. 
Overall, Aisle Be Damned is an absolutely well put down book- for which the author deserves a lot of credit- that's an enjoyable one time read. 



  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy this as much as your friends. It happens sometimes but at least you gave it a try! Thanks for the honest review :)

    1. It was entertaining overall so that's good. Thank you, Anna.

  2. I haven't heard of this one (surprise, surprise) but it sounds like a funny book. Only problem is that I often don't laugh as much as others do when they read something. I guess I expect too much and mostly things end up being silly not funny. Anyhow glad you enjoyed it overall. Great review Sarika :)

    1. I have the exact same problem. I seldom find those things that others laugh at funny. Thank you, Tanja!

  3. Oh, I'm the worst for avoiding book summaries and then getting an impression about a book based purely off the cover only to be disappointed later. I would just prefer not to be spoiled at all with respect to the plot, but it can definitely backfire. Anyways, this one sounds fun. It's always hard when you don't find a book or movie as funny as everyone else seems to - always makes me feel like I am missing out on the joke. I'm sure it just wasn't your kind of humour. Thanks for the great review, Sarika!

    1. Haha- we must be more careful from now on, Aylee. Exactly- I felt like I was the dumb one here. Thank you!


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