Re-defining moments – Life of Pi

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I saw Life of Pi very recently; a wonderful and thought-provoking story. It spoke about a lot of things which I consider as important for living. To begin with it spoke about how unpredictable our lives could be. As Pi and his family set sail in the ocean, none of them knew what is to befall them. It showed how everything could change within moments. Each time when one beckons greatness and pride because of materialistic pleasures, they do not realize that everything could change that too at a wink of an eyelid. Adaptability and showing care despite threat of existence was novel. The very fact that, Pi refuses to kill Richard Parker (the tiger), saves him when Richard Parker jumps into the sea and cries over a dead fish shows character in spite of dangers that befell him.

What caught me by surprise was that, even when Pi was undergoing lot of hardships he had faith, and a thought to acknowledge the presence of God. He said “God was obvious to my suffering yet he was watching and gave me hints at the right moment to continue the journey“. Usually many do not recognize what they have nor do they learn the lessons from hardships, which make them stronger than before.

Taking a moment to say goodbye, to accept and let go of things, it was so touché. I was awe-struck, because that moment I realized how important gratitude was; how important was a gesture like ‘thank you’ was. I hit me hard because I did miss a few people without telling them how much they made me life easier and how dear they were. But at that instant I resolved to never repeat it and tell people as the moment passes by. It was yet another defining moment in my life. I also understood that not everyone and everything whom I meet stay with me, they leave, as silently as they came, yet the footprints they leave are the most beautiful ones.
‘In the end – the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.’

25 thoughts on “Re-defining moments – Life of Pi

  1. annasarp says:

    Nice post. Somehow I feel the movie didnt bring out what the book shared. If you get a chance read the book. Movie can be watched once or twice, but book is forever. That said, such subtle and engrossing message cannot be given as good as this in a movie by any other director than Ang Lee.


  2. Lakshmi says:

    Thanks Sriram,
    Why not? I mean a lot happens in life, lets say you met this amazing person in life, for some reason they cannot stay back; consider this, my thata is one amazing person in my life and well old-age and all aspects and I miss him, it has been 2 years now. I had to let go of the past, and the process continues. Its another perspective, but am just curious to know why you do not agree 🙂


  3. mypradoxicalparadise says:

    I believe that letting go is a part and parcel of life than considering “whole life being an act of letting go” 🙂

    Somewhere that that statement resonates in me as ” entire life being a compromise ” of which am not an advocate 🙂


  4. Lakshmi says:

    The most difficult part, because it relates to attachments; if you are able to distinguish then, hats off to you! 🙂

    Compromise, a new perspective, somewhere it is and somewhere it isn't, again POV 🙂


  5. Susan Deborah says:

    The book brings about all the points you have mentioned in a fantastic way. I was quite disappointed by the film. In fact, I found it very boring. But I do accept that the points you have mentioned have been dealt by Yann Martel quite deftly. Please do read the book – you will find many probing points.

    Joy always,


  6. ashjoseph says:

    Lakshmi . Good one 🙂
    Totally agree with the gratitude part. We have enough blessings to be thankful for, each and every second of our existence. And having faith in God, makes just about anything possible.
    About the movie to be a little tiny bit dramatic Ang Lee could have made Richard look back once at PI before going ito its habitat. how bad I felt 😦
    And when his journal flew off in the wind. Sigh 😦
    Loved the movie for its details and those thoughts and emotions inside of Pi that were portrayed brilliantly.
    And actually the quote sounds good for how the story went, but is the whole life itself an act of letting go? (Like Sriram mentioned) I dont know 😐
    Lovely post 🙂


  7. Lakshmi says:

    Asha, Thanks.
    Exactly, I teared up when Richard Parker left. and the journal would have been such a great physical evidence.
    And the letting go part, well my pointers are as above, and I would to add one more thing, we let go of the past if and only if we accept it and not question about them, why am I telling it the whole of life is because not getting some very important answers in life can make acceptance difficult and past clings on to us and somewhere life loses it's meaning!
    It is just my POV 🙂 Hope I did made sense there

    Keep smiling,


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