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Aisle Be Damned

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  88 reviews

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 at
Paperback, International (non India), 230 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Aridhi (Createspace) (first published September 27th 2013)
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Rishi Piparaiya
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wake up in the morning and say, "Damn, it would be nice to laugh today"
Recommended to Rishi by: That dude in the mirror
I think it was an awesome book and a commendable debut effort. I read it about 76 times and still pick it up every once in a while. Good job!

PS: In the interest of full disclosure, I am closely related to the author and consequently, his book. But I have tried to be unbiased.
Amrit Sinha
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have written this review last night itself, but then I thought, “Hey, why not give it another read?” And thus, ignoring the tick-tock of the clock, inviting me to sleep as per my daily routine, and ignoring the fact that I would emerge as a dumb sleepy head in the team meeting in my office the following day, I picked up the book yet again. Let time be damned; and also the aisle.

‘Aisle Be Damned’ by Rishi Piparaiya is nothing that you thought it to be, and everything that you never guesse
Sundeep Supertramp

Third one-go read of this week. Well, I was wondering, are the book really that interesting or is it that the bibliophile in me is back with a vengeance for all those lost days of no reading?

The other book two books being,

The Storm in My Mind by Ayaan Basu
Are you the one? by Jennifer Bernard

Like many other books we've received from Jaico Publishers, even this one is sent by Marina and I want to thank her for sending this and personally recommending this book. I don't think I would have
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Aisle Be Damned’ by Rishi Piparaiya is a compilation of hilarious thoughts and anecdotes on flying and airports and the staff manning them. It is a very user friendly book as you can start reading from any page and stop reading at any page hence ideal when you are travelling or commuting. You can be sure there will be a smile pasted on your face all the time.
All the thoughts and anecdotes in the book have been conveniently sorted into appropriate sections like ‘airport’ ‘customs’ and so on. On
Rupertt Wind
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jigar Doshi
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a non-fictional hilarious guidebook/manual on everything related to air-travel, as I call it.
and some intelligent opinions on peace, business and life in general too.
a must read for every traveller. full of humor and nice witty anecdotes.

read whole review here -
Aditya Bhasin
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Yeah Yeah I know cover page of this book is riveting and so is what’s inside this cover page. There are not many authors who would please you in their first book itself, but take my words Piparaiya (whose surname is more difficult to pronounce then writing a book itself) has done it in a great manner.

Reading this book would make you inclined towards flying and make your upcoming flying experiences far funnier. Taking this book along is recommended and read
Sarika Patkotwar
This review was originally published @ The Readdicts Book Blog. More such reviews can be read here

*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 thou
Anjana Avinash
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Swaying hips, praying lips and flying tips'. These are the words that jump out of the cover of Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya. On reading these words , if you think you're in for a rollicking read, you are absolutely on the right track ! This is a delightful and humorous foray into the world of air travel based on the author's experiences and observations while on his numerous voyages as an "over-worked and over-traveled corporate executive". The author has an excellent command over the lan ...more
Amit Gupta
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Aisle be Damned...Swaying Hips, Praying Lips and Flying tips by Rishi Piparaiya (almost a tongue twister that surname!) is a hilarious account of just about everything associated with air travel. Contrary to popular conception, this one is not really a take on how to fly better but rather how you can make your travel fun. Once you can adjust to the fact that this is primarily a non-fiction book and the one which begs not to be taken too seriously, there is lot of fun to be had.

It has everything
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
When I first saw the title and the cover, I thought that this book must be either a love story of a guy obsessed with beautiful air hostess or a narration of the woes of an air crew. Then I read the blurb and decided to pick it up.

Divided into segments, this book brings you different flavours of air travel. From choosing your seats to conversation material, your every conscious/unconscious decisions help decide how your journey is going to be. There also moments described in the book that each o
Sachin Dev
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-good-reads
Some books are so ridiculously LOL silly that you cannot help loving it.
Some books are just impossibly inane that you cannot help reading it to the end.
Some books, in the pretense of being that almanac doling out rare pearls of wisdom, turns out to be a nitrous-oxide bomb doling out just droll peals of uncontrollable laughter.
this book sits right up on the list of such books.
It's funny like F-U-N-N-Y can never be spelled wrong.
I mean, Look at the cover.
Swaying Hips? check. (Unless you're o
Sumeetha Manikandan
I read this book on a night when my husband was scheduled to fly back from Mumbai to Chennai. As the book unfolded from chapter to chapter, I wanted to send him message after message, about how to get an upgrade, FIFO, LIFO, warning him to watch out for the time spent by the pilot in the loo and so on… The next time, he is on a flight I am going to make sure that he takes the list of helpful essentials that Rishi has put down in the beginning of the book.

Read the full review here - Book Reviews
Diwakar Narayan
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Air-travelers
This was maybe the first 200+ page book that I finished in one reading. Hats off to Rishi, who with scanning eyes have covered almost everything that you could notice in the course of a flight and drawn his humor from it. A must read for all who have traveled in air, as you are the one who will find everything relevant :)
Priyanka Roy Banerjee
Not only for the frequent fliers such as corporate executives and business people, this book is a recommended read to the not-so-frequent flier as well. It has the right share of fun, information, insight and advise.

Read the full review here:
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the book inflight . Extremely Hilarious and it sure does make people look back at you as you will be too busy laughing
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid laugh riot - well-thought out and bursting with anecdotes that draw from insightful personal experience.
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw the book cover of Aisle be Damned on Jaico’s upcoming list of publications, I knew I had to read this one. Call it the man-syndrome and blame the genetic make-up for us that claim ancestry to Mars but we cannot resist a book that has the swaying hips and perfectly formed derriere of an air-hostess in a screaming red mini-skirt on its cover. Got your knees weak, did I?

The book is deep as far as pearls of wisdom and philosophical meandering pontificating go. Well, if you care for
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, humor
This short book reads like a standup comedy routine centered around air travel. Written by an experienced traveler in the India market, there are a few things that don't quite translate (including literally the couple of paragraphs about the Hindi onboard announcements), but on the whole it's representative of air travel woes everywhere.

Lightweight and gently humorous. Good for anyone who has spent too much time on airplanes.
Sandy Chris
It was OK. A good attempt at humor, though it did not reach me. But a good, handy book.
Abhilash Ruhela
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it

I have just kept "Aisle Be Damned" aside after reading it for straight 3 hours. If you say what actually made me read this book, I can easily say its the cover page. It's quite sexy I would say. :-) The way the publisher of the book, Jaico, has promoted it every well shows the hype that they created around this book. Many have read it and said that it's a book that will make you ROFL throughout- from the first page to the last. But if you ask me, I would say not more than 7-8 incidents have mad
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The moment I saw this book, I was immediately taken in by its unusual cover page and the title. Both do justice to the theme of this book. ‘Aisle Be Damned’ is a work of non-fiction that finds humour in every aspect of air travel. The humour is not forced. What really works in this book is that the author has pulled out some common observations which anyone with air travel experience can relate to. I finished this book in one sitting and laughed a lot till the end. Every person who has done a bi ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, the book blurb is catchy. It arouses curiosity. The suaveness of the cover page further adds to the anticipation. It is sensual while the sub-title - Swaying hips, praying lips and flying tips ¬– is rhyming and welcoming! In short, one look is enough for anyone to pick the book and stretch their legs for a read.

What matters is what awaits moving forward… The book is thoughtfully bifurcated into different chapters; the chapter heads are equally interesting. And the beauty is the book tur
Roshani Hingorani
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever travelled by air? If yes, then this book is a must read for you. If not, then this book is a must read for you, too.

I was looking for a light read and found this book through Amazon's newsletter. God bless them..!! The title "Aisle be Damned : swaying hips, praying lips and flying tips" was too captivating and I could not help but get a copy. And I must say I do not regret even a little bit. I was surprised to find out that this is the first book penned by Rishi Piparaiya who, as
Hemantkumar Jain
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
having a frequent air traveler myself, i could identify with everything that Rishi wrote in his book about flying cattle-class and business class.

A fun read ...

I actually read this while flying Delhi-Mumbai .... !!

The book is well written and Rishi has maintained the humor quotient high. I would recommend this book to any frequent air traveler (anyone who is flying around almost every month – taking more than 8 flights in a year qualifies). You should definitely read this book … and like me,
s S
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Aisle Be Damned" is Rishi Piparaiya's take on aviation industry. It's hilarious account of a corporate passenger with too many miles and too many hours at the airport.

Rishi has the knack of picking nuances of passengers, old or young, married or unmarried, novice or frequent fliers. His observations keep you engaged and many a times you will have an embarrassed smile on your face. You know exactly what he is talking about. Moreover, it's a pun intended at us.

Novel has an astounding start but sl
Mansi L
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just bought this book yesterday at the airport and couldn't wait to finish reading. While I was reading during my flight, the endless humour made me laugh-out-loud even though I was travelling alone and the people around including the attendants were giving me 'are u even serious' looks!!! The best was carrying of spice box coz I have always hated eating in-flight food and try to carry something packed from home. Well now Mr. Piparaiya has given another better and 'compact' way to eat. :D

The b
Sohil Bhagat
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad I wasn't on an airplane when I was reading this, because the number of times I actually laughed out loud would have had all my co-passengers believing I was a madman.

Rishi Piparaiya has a very keen sense of observation and an even keener sense of satire. He covers everything from getting off the taxi and using a trolley for your luggage to landing and finding a taxi outside the airport - and he covers them all in the most hilarious of ways. The images (all funnily captioned, by the way)
Anuj Poddar
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any frequent flyer
Shelves: non-fiction
This book proved beyond doubt that the author has sucked his brains out to analyse the different feelings that air travellers have usually as well those which are rarest of rare. I must admit that most of the points covered are rational and I wonder why I never thought about them even after having completed more than 50 flights. Although a few incidents covered are humorous yet many incidents compelled me to think about them in my next flight. Further, the author has enlisted several clever ways ...more
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Rishi Piparaiya is a bestselling humor author with close to two decades of work experience as a flunky, mid-manager, and C-suite executive with multinational corporations. Renouncing the corporate life while at the helm of his career, Rishi has been pursuing his interest in writing and actively promotes his satires through his mouthpiece domain Rishi also mentors students and start-up ...more

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