I haven’t read the novel “Life of Pi” yet; it’s published in 2001 by Yann Martel; so I am sticking to the storytelling in the art form of movie. Spoiler follows so if you haven’t seen the movie you might find what follows would spoil your movie experience. Go see the 3D screening by all means, it helps tell the story.
“Life of Pi” follows the adventure of an Indian boy during his cast away in the sea, when the whole family migrated from Pondicherry (India) to Winnipeg (Canada) and the Japanese cargo vessel was sink by the storm. The beginning of the movie was introduction to the character Pi (or Piscine Molitor Patel, who got his name from a public French swimming pool but found himself mocked by his school friends.) It was told by a grown up Pi telling his story to an author, told in flashbacks. He then consoled himself and introduced himself as Pi for short, derived from Pi, the 16th Greek alphabet which is also a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. It might sounds irrelevant to the story, but it’s not. Continue reading