Life of Pi tells the fantastical tale of Pi Patel, a 16-year-old South Indian boy who survives at sea with a tiger for 227 days. Pi, born Piscine Molitor Patel, grows up in the South Indian city of Pondicherry, in where his father runs the zoo. A precocious and sensible boy, by the age of fifteen Pi—Hindu from an early age—has also followed Christianity and Islam, and considers himself a pious devotee to all 3 religions.
thanks to government upheaval that has long been distressing Pi’s father, the Patels decide to shut the Pondicherry Zoo and move to Canada when Pi is 16. Pi, his mother, father, and brother Ravi all board the Tsimtsum along with the zoo’s animal inhabitants (who are on their way to be sold around the world).
An unexplained reasons the Tsimtsum to sink, and Pi is the only human to make it onto the lifeboat and survive. together with Pi, the lifeboat carries a hyena, a zebra, Orange Juice the orangutan, and Richard Parker the tiger. The hyena kills and devours both the zebra and Orange Juice, before Richard Parker kills the hyena. Pi is left alone on a lifeboat with an grownup male tiger.
there is no land in sight and the sea is shark-infested, so Pi builds a raft which he attaches to the lifeboat, to maintain himself at a safer distance from Richard Parker. subsequently, however, life on the raft proves too hard, and Pi realizes that if Richard Parker gets hungry enough, he will swim to it and kill Pi. So Pi makes a decision that he ought to tame Richard Parker. using a whistle, seasickness, and a turtle-shell shield, Pi manages to claim his authority over Richard Parker and delineate his own territory on the lifeboat, where he is comparatively safe from the tiger.
while at sea, Pi and Richard Parker face many challenges, traumas, tragedies, and remarkable occurrences. They never have enough meals and fresh water, and the regular exposure is notably painful. A severe storm, which they miraculously survive, destroys the raft. Pi manages to capture and kill a bird. they are almost beaten by an oil tanker, which then passes by without seeing them.
during an extreme period of hunger, Pi and Richard Parker both go blind. even as blind, Pi hears a voice, and realizes that they have drawn near another lifeboat that carries a similarly starving and blind Frenchman. Pi and this man communicate for a while, and bring their boats together. The Frenchman climbs onto Pi’s boat, and straight away attacks him, planning to kill and devour him. He doesn’t realize that there is a tiger on the boat, , and by chance steps into Richard Parker’s territory. The tiger at once attacks and kills him. Pi, saved on the cost of his attacker’s life, describes this as the start of his real moral suffering.
Pi and Richard Parker come across a peculiar island that is made of algae with trees protruding from it, teeming with meerkats but no other life. Pi and Richard Parker live on the island for weeks, eating the algae and the meerkats, growing more potent, and bathing in and drinking from the clean water ponds. They never stay on the island at night time, however, Pi he feels safer from the tiger in his delineated territory, and Richard Parker for a cause unknown to Pi. Pi finally begins to sleep on the island, and while doing so realizes that the island is carnivorous—it emits acid at night time that dissolves anything on its surface. Being highly disturbed by this, Pi takes Richard Parker, and leave the island.
Pi and Richard Parker finally land on the Mexican seashore. Richard Parker at once runs off into the jungle without acknowledging Pi, which Pi finds deeply hurtful. Pi is found, fed, bathed, and taken to a hospital. There, two japanese guys come to question Pi about what caused the Tsimtsum to sink. He tells his story, which they do not trust, so he gives them a more conceivable version, with the animal characters replaced by other human beings, which casts doubt on the original tale.