Saw Life of Pi only recently. I had read this book a long time back and I was moved back then also. And this time around it was no different. The underlying message moves me. For one second Pi left his family to enjoy the outside world and next moment his world was upside down. As if that wasn’t enough he is stuck in an even worse situation that doesn’t even give him time to think about what wrong happened to him. He literally sees people and animals fight and die. He only feels what happens around him. He writes about everything. Mere pencil and notebook become his best friends. He feels sad yet never helpless. He sees God. He makes use of smallest resources possible and shares them. He not only learns to control his own fierce emotions but also learns to control a fierce animal. One wonders how does a man find in himself this hidden talent to make use of such less and live just on one hope! Is hope after all that important. I refuse to believe that it was only his emotions that the tiger’s eyes reflected. It need to more than that. But then if it was anything more then the tiger would have said a ceremonious bye.
It didn’t feel like a movie to me. It felt ‘Real’. It felt every humans life. When someone passes away, generally they just go. They don’t give anyone time to think or react, they just go. Will everyone just go one day, why does this realization exist in me and yet I feel like its okay to sleep for long hours or enjoy the sun outside. Shouldn’t this realization of less time left, time is passing by very quickly make me do what I should be doing every milli second.
If one really thinks rationally about ‘enjoying every moment’, one will realize it means that ‘live every moment like there is no other’. Enjoying doesn’t mean something external, its internal. Feeling happy in future for having spend that moment in past.
Life of Pi! Life of endurance, giving up everything most dearest to you, basic instincts, survival of the smartest, living close to nature and biggest of all – hope.