The Life of Pi

02nd March’2013, Dubai,  The Life of Pi – A lesson learnt from the movie….

I will not watch this movie even for the hype what it has got or for the Oscars what it has won. But I watched this movie because of two people and I have to thank both of them in my life for giving me a lesson of life. I enjoyed first 25 minutes of this movie like anything and I think I will watch it every day at least that 30 minutes.

A simple movie with nothing inside but it is a fortune wheel of wisdom for me. I will not criticize or give some review about this movie. What made me to feel this movie as special or what is the lesson that I learned out of this movie?

By reading all my previous articles, one come to a conclusion how I was and what I was? Literally a mad person, gone crazy and was ready to die at any point of time.

My Ex-boss, who is  really a blessing for me in all the phases of life because he is a person who knows me very well and we have great respect for each other. He is a mentor, philosopher and a guide to me and I really admire him for the way he used to guide me. He will not advise me as he knows that I don’t listen to anyone. But he will suggest me to read some novels, or to watch some movie or to listen some content. That will guide me what I have to do. As he knows that I was mentally disturbed, he asked me watch this movie. Initially I thought that he is asking me to watch because of the hype, but he said that “you must watch this movie”. Normally he used to say that you have to watch and when he said you must, I promised him that I will watch because of the respect what I have for him. Unfortunately I didn’t get time to watch it when I was in India.

After coming to UAE, I didn’t get any company as all my friends have watched it earlier. I shifted myself to Dubai and new project, new place, new accommodation, new friends and I thought Life of Pi, will be seen by me during my retirement planned movies only.

Zara is my new friend whom I know only for the last 3 weeks but spent quite a long time with her.  Yesterday I came back home after a long day of journey with my friends from Abu Dhabi and I entered around 12.15 midnight and was feeling sick because of flu.

She was feeling so fresh and asked have you seen Life of PI I told her no, Immediately  She said, you must watch this movie and I want to watch this movie with you can we watch life of pi together? I was surprised to hear it because of the time what we have spent is very less. My boss said that you must watch and she also said that you must watch it.

She saw the movie in French version and said to me let us watch the English version together. I was tired because of a long day, but she said just watch 20 minutes of the movie and it talks about you. It will be interesting for you and you will like the movie very much. It has something for you. Above all She said that only you came to my mind while watching this movie and she said couple of words as Hindu Catholic, the way you talk about Islam, I laughed a lot and asked her what is there in it.

I remembered my friend Anantha’s word that you will never say that you are tired or sick. I told her let us watch 10 minutes and not more than 20 minutes, I don’t think I can sit and watch the full movie tonight. She said ok you see only 10 minutes.

We started to watch the movie and the movie started with Pondicherry. A day before that we were talking about Pondicherry and all my friends were telling her that it was a French colony and even now the area has the impact of French people.  Zara told me that Pondicherry means Beach of Darling.

I don’t read the reviews and watch any movies as I don’t want to have any expectations about the movie. Same way Life of PI has got lot of hypes but I have not read any review and I was not aware that the movie starts with the background of India or Pondicherry.

The movie started with lullaby song and story starts from Pondicherry. A mother was telling a story to her son about Lord Krishna. It is a cute story and the way the boy listens to the mother was very nice. A small bet with his elder brother to drink the holy water from a church for Rs.2 is another nice shot in the movie to make the small boy to keep his feet in another religion.

He will see the Jesus Christ in the cross and a question from that small boy to the church father “ Why would the god send his own son to suffer for the sins of the ordinary people”. It is really a beautiful question and the answer was God Loves us and god made himself as approachable to us, so we can understand him. We can’t understand his knowledge but we can understand him through his son.

Next dialogue in the movie is it is non-sense and sacrificing the innocent for the sins of others what kind of love is that, wow it struck me like anything.  I really got enlightened with this sentence. 

I was feeling that I am carrying the other person’s wrong attitude, arrogant behavior and sin on my shoulder and I was feeling it as burden. I am not Jesus and I am not god’s daughter to carry others sin’s on my shoulder. I can try to correct them, but if they don’t want to correct themselves and ruin their life, why should I carry them on my shoulder and why should I haunt myself for it. Next minute I realized that how fool I was and why should I take it in the name of love or hatred or anger in my shoulders? I left it to god and  started feeling relaxed.

This small boy was so perfect with his next question, if god is so perfect and we are not, why would he wanted to create all this?

Same question raised in my mind when someone hurt me so badly, why did he create such a creature and why did he introduce her in front of my eyes? I do have the answer with me for introducing me, but still creating her as such a bad person for which I don’t have the answer.

I enjoyed a dialogue very much in this movie was when the boy will touch the feet of Vishnu and say thank you for introducing me to Christ. It shows how the Hindus are adaptable or amicable and to pray with other religion. Faith is through Hinduism, Love is through Christianity and god has not finished with him yet.

Suddenly the small boy will get enlightened about Islam and he will start praying at home as like a Muslim guy. He will do Namaz at home, he will start feeling serenity of brotherhood through Islam. His elder brother will make fun of him. Are you going to Mecca this year Swamy Jesus, or to Rome. Father will say to this little boy that you cannot follow 3 religions at the same time, and the immediate question why not? And the answer I don’t feel it as realistic “ Believing in everything at the same time is same as not believing in anything at all”.

Mother will support the small boy by saying that he is young and trying to find his way, father will ask how he can find a way when he doesn’t chose a path.

There was a sentence in the movie as Religion is darkness, I can’t accept that, because Religion is not darkness, it creates brightness if we try to understand the essence of what it is saying it to us. Love, Faith, Trust, Honesty are the ways of life in a disciplined way.

Again the small boy will play with a piece of meat in his hand and will try to make the tiger to come closer without understanding its power. During that time, son will say I was trying to say hello to the tiger with an innocent face. The father will teach a lesson to the son,Tiger is an Animal and you cant have love for an animal. Son will say Animal also has souls. Animals do not think as we do, people who forget that get themselves killed. That tiger is not your friend, when you see his eyes, your own emotions reflected back again nothing else and it was really the best sentence for me to learn my next  lesson  from this movie. It is not meant only for animals, it is meant for some humans who live like animals. I enjoyed this movie up to this part like anything. After this is it didn’t impress me. May be as I got the required information what I need to get on this particular time.

Towards the end, the last scene with the tiger was really touching, the emotions of a man and an animal was described so beautifully and it really touched me like anything. The way I was feeling with a human, but still not to be considered as human. When the boy was rescued, he will feel so bad because that tiger which was travelling with him all through the hard-time because of which he was feeling that he will survive and learned to control the tiger, to get food for him, will leave him when the tiger finds the forest even without seeing back. He will realize that his father was right.

Not only the hero realized that his father was right, but I too felt that how stupid I was to hold someone who is not thankful or who doesn’t have any courtesy to say a good-bye as well. It hurts when someone goes or leaves. But it is pleasant when someone leaves saying that  I love you, I can’t miss you, you will always be with me, but I can’t be with you.

An Evil person can bring in the evil out of a good person and I should not give that chance for her to do it. Already the evil is out but it has not done any harm to her, but created a lot of hurt and pain to me. Above all it has to happen and if it has to then it will happen. I cant stop any of the god’s decision.

I do have all the same things as it was shown in the movie, I got the Trust, Honesty, Faith from Hinduism, Love from Christianity and Equality and serenity of all the above from Islam.

The movie has given a great entrenchment us. I’m glad that the majority of the  audience with little intellect can understand it as I understood it.

11 thoughts on “The Life of Pi

  1. hi ,

    It’s a nice movie, as you said first 25 mint, the way it started it’s good and interesting. dialogues are really too good and the way small boy question and the way he is looking the world is different. i really like the below words

    God Loves us and god made himself as approachable to us, so we can understand him. We can’t understand his knowledge but we can understand him through his son.

    Next dialogue in the movie is it is non-sense and sacrificing the innocent for the sins of others what kind of love is that, wow it struck me like anything. I really got enlightened with this sentence.

    Hope you got bright vision after seeing this movie. takecare

    I truly agree, hurting someone by playing with feelings is really unfare and not acceptable. hope the person you are refering will realise one day.

    Not only the hero realized that his father was right, but I too felt that how stupid I was to hold someone who is not thankful or who doesn’t have any courtesy to say a good-bye as well. It hurts when someone goes, I love you, I can’t miss you, you will always be with me, but I can’t be with you. An Evil person can bring in the evil out of a good person and I should not give that chance for her to do it. Already the evil is out but it has not done any harm to her, but created a lot of hurt and pain to me. Above all it has to happen and if it has to then it will happen. I cant stop any of the god’s decision.

  2. Hi Akka,

    It is only possible by you to give review of a movie in this wonderful way. Most of the movies will resembles the story & situation about us, but it is very difficult to keep in mind once that 3 hrs of watching film is over. Very few peoples like you can comment by relating with our life styles & experericence we had in our life. Frankly speaking I was not knowing much about your personal life eventhough we are close through our Yazhini. But I can understand now little bit by your movie review & will try to understand more by seeing this movie ASAP.

    In our life cycle so many peoples will come across with bad hearted. It is up to us to think & feel why there are like that?. In my life so many times, so many peoples came accross like this but I never bothered about them. They can can be treated or corrected by themself only (If they realise their mistakes & feels it hurts others). May be we also hurted anybody knowingly or unkowingly, the only word can resolve the issue is ‘ Sorry’ ( Kamal Dialog – Mannippu ketkuravan manusan, mannika therinjavan kadavul). Always we are here with you akka.!!!!

    • Dear Elayaraja,

      I really love to write a lot and to be honest I never felt that I will watch this movie or I will get inspired this much with this movie.
      Thanks to those two good hearts. Moreover this is not a review my brother. I didn’t enjoy this movie or I didnt say that this movie is awesome like others. I shared how it inspired me, in what way it brought in the changes in me.

      How it touched my life. I have to write a review but that will be too late and many would have given those as their review comments.
      You will not be able to understand me by watching this movie…. 🙂

      True, we will come across many good people and few bad people. Correcting is our responsibility and if they find it good, let them change themselves, or we will change to the other person.

      Mannippu Ketkuravan Manushan, Mannikka Therinjavan Kadavul… Mannippu ketkadhavangalai kooda mannikka therinjavangalai enna solluveenga???

      Love is life and I live with Love for others…..

      Take care, will catch u soon, when we meet, you will come to know about this sister🙂

  3. Hi Uma

    It was a nice article.

    You could relate it to your own life based on your experience at this point of time.

    And for the last point I agree with it, but you should have not mentioned it. It is understood.

  4. Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is just spectacular and i can think you are a professional in this subject. Fine together with your permission let me to clutch your feed to stay updated with forthcoming post. Thank you a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

  5. Sister,
    It is good to see your vision and the way you are getting enlightened… as per the previous comments, how good you are in correlating the story with your life.

    It is bad to hold those people who leave for no reason or without telling the reason.
    It is good that you know what you are and be as you are… Dont Change yourself for anyone akka….

    What a clarity in your writings, I understood your pain with reference to the movie…. hard feeling,expressed beautifully… tough to come out but true

  6. hey it is so nice.
    I have seen the movie.
    how nicely you have scripted that story to your situation.
    you have great talent, please show it positively

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