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My Greatest Journeyv
Writer: "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 Carnivorousv
Pi: "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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Pi: "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 Endurancev
Writer: "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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Pi: "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.
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Pi: "I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. It's important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you are left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse."
Pi reflects on the loss of his family and how in life you have to let go to things. He does however wish he had a chance to say goodbye to his parents.
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Pi: "Faith is a house with many rooms."
Writer: "But no room for doubt?"
Pi: "Oh plenty, on every floor. Doubt is useful, it keeps faith a living thing. After all, you cannot know the strength of your faith until it is tested."
Pi reflects on his relationship with religion. He was raised Hindu but later began following Christianity and Islam after being introduced to them as well.
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Pi: "So which story do you prefer?"
Writer: "The one with the tiger. That's the better story."
Pi: "Thank you. And so it goes with God."
Writer: "It's an amazing story."
Pi and the writer talk about the two different versions of his story, the real one and the dumbed down one he was urged to tell the insurance investigators. In the end, both he and the writer agree to use the real version.
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