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Book review: 'Aisle Be Damned', for the flying-humour
"The Warm Hawaiian sun was blaring in, as we went eastbound. I just closed my eyes for a minute, enjoying the sunshine and dozed off."

For any one aboard a plane cruising at 750 kmph and 40,000 feet, while looking at such picturesque view, a nap could feel being a bit closer to a “no-frills-nirvana”.

Unlike in the above case, where the pilot slept away mid-flight with his first-officer and fortunately waking up just in time for landing; thus, successfully avoiding “permanent departure” of themselves and a few hundred odd flyers.

Hence, as the saying goes – “Flying is the second greatest thrill known to man… landing is the first.”

Rife with such snippets and exclusively composed flying tips, “Aisle Be Damned” frolics on its anecdotal, real-cum-fictional entertaining accounts. Amidst the literally ‘high’ commotion of finding aisle/widow seats, misplacing luggage and self, getting drunk and stuck along with helpless flight-crews and co-passengers – lies this book, shining in the tail-lights of quirkiness.

Penned by a “frequent-flyer author”, Rishi Piparaiya, who deftly collected and recollected numerous “jumlaas” from the air-spaces of here and abroad. With wit, regular smart-humour and a self-claim that “…his stories & sky-castles to be flying higher than any airplane”, the writing is surprisingly put in a no-nonsense fashion with restrained cheekiness.

Not demanding rapt attention or focus, this book carries light ‘fun for anyone’ who has flown or ever plans to fly. Desirably “a back pocket read”, maybe that’s why I took my sweet time (the longest so far) to complete it, by partaking cheap-thrills out of giggling at light-humour every now and then. 

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