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My Greatest JourneyWriter: "I was sitting at this coffeehouse and this old man sitting at the table next to me struck up a conversation. He said you had an amazing story."
Pi: "Let's see then, where to begin? I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It was a time filled with wonder that I'll always remember. But when my family chose to move out zoo halfway around the world, that is when my greatest journey began."
As he provides an overview of his miraculous tale to the writer, Pi explains how his most amazing experiences came after much tragedy but taught him so many life lessons.
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God Made Tigers CarnivorousPi: "I can eat biscuits, but God made tigers carnivorous, so I must learn to catch fish. If don't, I'm afraid his last meal would be a skinny vegetarian boy."
Pi realizes that in order to survive, he must make sure Richard Parker, the tiger, survives as well and that means catching fish to feed to the tiger.
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A FishPi: "Thank you, Lord Vishnu. Thank you for coming in the form of a fish and saving our lives."
Pi thanks Lord Vishnu, a Hindu God, for helping him catch the fish. Though he did not eat the fish, he did feed it to the tiger so the tiger would not eat him, essentially saving both of their lives.
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Courage and EnduranceWriter: "Mr. Patel's is an astounding story, courage and endurance unparalleled in the history of ship-wrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger."
As the writer explains, Pi Patel's story is one for the ages. He overcame what most could never, all while doing so in the company of a fierce beast.
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Richard ParkerPi: "Richard Parker, come out you have to see this! It's beautiful!"
Someone unfamiliar with the story might think that Pi was talking to a person named Richard Parker but alas, that is the name of his tiger friend.