Come hear Pi's story!
By: Devyn Hill
Pi's story is something he swears is true, but it is so out of this world there is no way. Pi tells the story in two versions both including a shipwreck and how he survived to make it to the jungles of Mexico. One version is where he was on the boat with an orangutan named Orange Juice, a hyena, a zebra, and a tiger named Richard Parker. Richard Parker was the last animal with Pi after the hyena killed the zebra and Orange Juice, and Richard Parker killed the hyena. The other version is the more believable version in which Orange Juice is replaced with his mother, the hyena is the cook, the zebra is a Taiwanese sailor, and Richard Parker is Pi.
Friday, March 14th 1997 at 5pm
University of Toronto
Get a look inside the peculiar story of Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel as he tells the story of his journey across the ocean after a shipwreck on his way to Canada.
Pi grew up in Pondicherry, India. His father bought a zoo there, and Pi loved the animals. He learned several things about the animals such as if you claim your territory the animal will not attack. This was a lifesaving lesson on his journey from the shipwreck. Pi got the opportunity to meet several people while in Pondicherry. He met his school teacher Mr. Kumar who believed in science over religion, but he also met another Mr. Kumar who was a Muslim baker. Pi believed in many different religions for several different reasons. He would understand one part of each religion, but not understand another part. He favored some parts, but not all parts. He considered himself Christian, Muslim, and Hindu. All he knew growing up was Hindu, but when he got to experience Christianity and Islam he wanted to worship all of them. Everyone tried to make him choose, but he would not. All three religions kept him occupied while on the lifeboat after the shipwreck. All Pi wanted to do was learn more.
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