Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya
I do not remember reading a more childish book than this Aisle Be Damned. A high-flying executive trying to give you humor filled gyan on flying – from check in to checking out and taking a taxi.
If you have taken a few flights in your life – you would have more insights. And may be imagination than the author.
The 200-page book is actually worth only 60-70 pages if you remove the pictures, quotes, and blank pages. No wonder he wrote it in under five weeks.
You can finish it in 45 mins maximum. And wonder what did the author want to say – except flaunting the fact that he has taken more than 1000 flights. And once he was seated next to Raveena Tandon. Another time next to the CEO of Unilever. People usually achieve sitting next to a celebrity in much less number of flights.
His tips for choosing the seats include – do you like clouds – sit on a window seat. Do you have an upset bladder – sit on the aisle. And which side to sit to avoid the sun. He almost forgot you have the option of closing window shades on almost every aircraft.
I expected some interesting anecdotes at the airports, in flight, during transit. I did not find any, and whatever is mentioned did not tickle my funny bone.
There is blatant in built book promotion. Again he forgot if someone has already bought the book – he/she is a converted customer and quite unlikely to buy another copy. Unless you have written a masterpiece that people would like to gift to others. In which case, there is no need for in-book self-publicity. I must admit this is the first time I read a book that promotes itself in its own pages.