The book starts with the author telling in a note about going to India. In India he meets a man named Francis Adirubasamy in a coffeehouse in Pondicherry. The response Francis comes up with to the author’s need for inspiration is “I have a story that will make you believe in God.” After which he refers to the author as Piscine Patel in Toronto, who starts to tell his story.
When Pi was a teenager in India, he lived with his parents and his brother Ravi. He frequently explores new opportunities and learns many weird and exciting things. Pi’s father is the owner of the Pondicherry Zoo, where Pi learns much of the interactions with the animals will occur. Pi’s mother is a passionate reader and shows him a lot of books. Pi’s school is filled with amazing teachers, one who really effects Pi is Mr. Kumar. Pi gets his full name (Piscine) from a world famous swimming pool in France. Pi’s parents are good friends with Francis Adirubasamy (authors note), a world class swimmer who often talks about the Piscine Molitor in Paris. He goes by Pi instead of because many of the people at his school call him “pissing”.
Pi grew up a Hindu, but soon was exposed to the Catholic faith when he was 14 from a priest by the name of Father Martin. Pi soon gets baptized. Pi soon meets Mr. Kumar, a Muslim who converts to Islam. Therefore, he practices all three religions. When the three religious teachers meet with Pi’s parents at the zoo, they require that Pi choose one religion. Pi states that he simply cannot just choose one. Throughout most of the section, Pi discusses many religious subjects as well as his thoughts on culture and zoology.
When Pi is 16, his father decides that Mrs. Gandhi’s (leader of India) political actions are unpleasant and closes up the zoo to move to Toronto. He sells a lot of the zoo animals to different zoos in America. The animals are gathered onto the same boat that the family will take to reach Winnipeg, Canada. While on their way to North...