Rishi Piparaiya spent close to two decades as a flunky, middle manager, and senior executive in multinational corporations across USA, Europe and Asia. He did make concerted efforts to scuttle his career by regularly sending satirical work memos and boycotting all meetings that started before 10 a.m. But he still stumbled up the corporate ladder, with designations such as AVP, VP, SVP and CXO before realizing that there is more to life than accumulating letters of the alphabet. So he safely evacuated from his C-suite office to a journey where he does whatever he likes, whether mentoring entrepreneurs in makeshift offices or envisioning books on blank pages.

A dusty briefcase in his Mumbai home holds certificates from Cornell University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Rochester and the Cathedral & John Connon School.

Thousands of hours crisscrossing the country at 38,000 feet resulted in his first book, Aisle Be Damned, a best selling humorous take on air travel. And aeons spent in cubicles and cabins has culminated in Job Be Damned (HarperCollins, Summer 2018), a satirical look at corporate life.