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.
Aisle be Damned is a very humorous book, that will have you smiling and then rolling on the floor laughing uproariously. After you pick yourself up from the floor, you will be struck by a thought, ‘Gosh! could all this be true?’ Did that pilot really press a button that plummeted the airplane down to the ground, while he tried to adjust his seat? Did that pilot really give a drunken welcome to the passengers? Could the pilot really put you off the flight just because your kid is saying, ‘bye bye plane’?’
Next thing, you would be googling out all the instances trying to check out whether they are all true or figment of the author’s imagination. Thankfully Rishi, gives us the links to all these instances in his book and help you discover that ‘truth is indeed stranger than fiction’.
It is obvious that Rishi has taken more than a 1000 flights as a corporate honcho but thankfully he has channelled the sum of his experience into this book giving us tips and tricks to aid fellow travelers. I particularly liked the style of his writing. It is funny, fluid and to the point.
Here are some excerpts from his book (I found it hard to select, they are all so funny!) –
“If you find yourself in a hostage situation, the probability of getting screwed is lower if you’re at the window. I mean put yourself in a terrorist’s olive-green combat boots. Would you rather scare the living daylights out of an aisle passenger or would you ask him to move aside, so that the window passenger can step out and be your hostage?”
I just hope people don’t take certain advice that Rishi has doled, too literally, like body tackling the flight attendant if she takes food for the pilot while on the flight or throwing a fit if they find the pilot in the loo. You know, you could get thrown out of the flight (without a parachute) if you try this really!
I loved the humour and irony of many of the instances that Rishi has written in this book and certainly endorse the fact that the book should be made available in-flight. If you take the same view, you could vote for it here.
Plus Points: Fantastic humour and fluid writing
Minus Points: The author should (must) add a disclaimer to some of the suggestions lest the readers take them too literally 🙂
Verdict: A must read for all travelers 🙂