- 1. So you were raised in a zoo?
- 2. Born and raised.
- 3. In Pondicherry, in what was
the French part of India.
- 4. My father owned the zoo...
- 5. and I was delivered on short notice
by a herpetologist...
- 6. who was there to check
on the Bengal monitor lizard.
- 7. Mother and I were both healthy...
- 8. but the poor lizard escaped...
- 9. and was trampled
by a frightened cassowary.
- 10. The way of karma.
- 11. The way of God.
- 12. That's quite a story.
- 13. I had assumed your father was a
mathematician because of your name.
- 14. Far from it,
I was named after a swimming pool.
- 15. There is a swimming pool named "Pi"?
- 16. You see, my uncle Francis was born
with too much water in his lungs.
- 17. They say the doctors swung Francis around
by the ankles to clear the water out...
- 18. and that's what gave him
the huge chest and skinny legs...
- 19. that made him such a great swimmer.
- 20. Is Francis actually your uncle?
He said he was friends with your father.
- 21. He's my honorary uncle,
I call him Mamaji.
- 22. My father's best friend,
my swimming guru.
- 23. I trained with him three times
a week at the ashram.
- 24. His lessons would
save my life in the end.
- 25. A mouthful of water will not harm you,
but panic will.
- 26. Remember to breathe now,
don't hold your breath.
- 27. Good boy.
- 28. I hope you don't mind vegetarian.
- 29. No, no. Not at all.
- 30. And your name?
- 31. You were going to tell me
how you got your name, I think.
- 32. Oh, yes. I got it from something
Mamaji once told my father.
- 33. You see, most travelers collect
postcards or teacups on their journeys...
- 34. but not Mamaji.
- 35. Mamaji collects swimming pools.
- 36. He swims in every pool he comes upon.
- 37. One day, Mamaji said to my father that,
of all the pools in the world...
- 38. the most beautiful was
a public pool in Paris.
- 39. That the water there was so clear,
- 40. you could make your morning coffee
- 41. That a single swim there changed his life.
- 42. Before I was born, he said...
- 43. "If you want your son
to have a clean soul...
- 44. "you must take him one day
to swim in the Piscine Molitor."
- 45. I never understood why my father
took this so much to heart.
- 46. But he did, and I was named
"Piscine Molitor Patel."
- 47. Imagine me trying to explain that name.
- 48. I barely made it to the age of 11 before...
- 49. Hey, Piscine!
- 50. Are you pissing right now?
- 51. Look at him, he's pissing!
- 52. With one word, my name went
from an elegant French swimming pool...
- 53. to a stinking Indian latrine.
- 54. I was "Pissing" everywhere.
- 55. No Pissing in the schoolyard!
- 56. Even the teachers started doing it.
- 57. Not deliberately, of course.
- 58. So, then, what might occur
if we release gas too quickly?
- 59. Pissing?
- 60. He said "Pissing."
- 61. That's enough! Order! Order!
- 62. When we returned the next year
for our first day of school, I was prepared.
- 63. Present, sir.
- 64. Piscine Patel.
- 65. Good morning.
I am Piscine Molitor Patel.
- 66. Known to all as...
- 67. Pi, the sixteenth letter
of the Greek alphabet...
- 68. which is also used in mathematics
to represent the ratio...
- 69. of any circle's circumference
to its diameter.
- 70. An irrational number of infinite length,
usually rounded to three digits...
- 71. as 3.14.
- 72. Pi.
- 73. Very impressive, Pi.
Now, sit down.
- 74. And from then on, you were "Pi"?
- 75. Well, no, not quite.
- 76. Nice try, Pissing.
- 77. But I still had the whole day
ahead of me.
- 78. French class was next.
- 79. Then, geography.
- 80. These are the first
20 decimal places of pi.
- 81. My last class of the day
- 82. Slowly, slowly, slowly.
- 83. Three. Seven. Five. Eight. Nine.
- 84. Eight. Five. Eight. Nine.
- 85. It's right. He's really doing this.
- 86. Pi! Pi! Pi!
- 87. By the end of that day,
I was Pi Patel, school legend.
- 88. Mamaji tells me you're
a legend among sailors, too.
- 89. Out there, all alone.
- 90. I don't even know how to sail.
- 91. And I wasn't alone out there.
Richard Parker was with me.
- 92. Richard Parker?
- 93. Mamaji didn't tell me everything.
- 94. He just said I should look you up
when I got back to Montreal.
- 95. So, what were you doing in Pondicherry?
- 96. Writing a novel.
- 97. By the way, I enjoyed your first book.
- 98. So, this new one, is it set in India?
- 99. No, Portugal, actually.
But it's cheaper living in India.
- 100. Well, I look forward to reading it.
- 101. You can't.
- 102. I threw it out.
- 103. Two years
trying to bring this thing to life...
- 104. and then one day,
it sputtered, coughed and died.
- 105. I'm sorry.
- 106. I was sitting in this coffee house in
Pondicherry one afternoon,
- 107. mourning my loss...
- 108. when this old man at the table next to me
struck up a conversation.
- 109. Yeah, Mamaji, he does that.
- 110. When I told him about my abandoned book,
- 111. "So, a Canadian who's come to
French India in search of a story.
- 112. "Well, my friend, I know an
Indian in French Canada...
- 113. "with the most incredible story to tell.
- 114. "It must be fate
that the two of you should meet."
- 115. I haven't spoken about
Richard Parker in so many years.
- 116. So, what has Mamaji already told you?
- 117. He said you had a story
that would make me believe in God.
- 118. He would say that about a nice meal.
- 119. As for God,
I can only tell you my story.
- 120. You will decide for yourself
what you believe.
- 121. Fair enough.
- 122. Let's see, then. Where to begin?
- 123. Pondicherry is the French Riviera of India.
- 124. In the streets closest to the ocean,
- 125. you might think
you were in the south of France.
- 126. A few blocks inland, there's a canal.
- 127. Just beyond that is Indian Pondicherry.
- 128. And the Muslim quarter
is just to the west.
- 129. When the French handed Pondicherry
back to us in 1954...
- 130. the town decided that
some sort of commemoration was in order.
- 131. My father, who was a clever businessman,
came up with one.
- 132. He ran a hotel,
and he got the idea to open a zoo...
- 133. in the local botanical gardens instead.
- 134. As it also happened,
my mother was a botanist in the gardens.
- 135. They met, married, and a year later
my brother Ravi was born.
- 136. I came two years after that.
- 137. It sounds magical, growing up in...
- 138. Amen.
- 139. Yeah, let's eat.
- 140. I didn't know Hindus said "amen."
- 141. Catholic Hindus do.
- 142. Catholic Hindus?
- 143. We get to feel guilty before
hundreds of gods, instead of just one.
- 144. But you're a Hindu first?
- 145. None of us knows God
until someone introduces us.
- 146. I was first introduced to God
as a Hindu.
- 147. There are 33 million gods
in the Hindu religion.
- 148. How can I not come to know
a few of them?
- 149. I met Krishna first.
- 150. Yashoda once accused baby Krishna
of eating dirt.
- 151. "Tut, tut you naughty boy -
you shouldn't do that."
- 152. But he didn't!
- 153. That's what he told her.
- 154. "I didn't eat dirt."
- 155. Yashoda said, "No? Well then..."
- 156. "Open your mouth."
- 157. So Krishna opened his mouth.
- 158. And what do you think Yashoda saw?
- 159. What?
- 160. She saw in Krishna's mouth
the whole entire universe.
- 161. The gods were my superheroes growing up.
- 162. Hanuman, the monkey god...
- 163. lifting an entire mountain
to save his friend Lakshman.
- 164. Ganesh, the elephant-headed...
- 165. risking his life to defend the honor
of his mother, Parvati.
- 166. Vishnu, the supreme soul,
the source of all things.
- 167. Vishnu sleeps, floating
on the shoreless cosmic ocean...
- 168. and we are the stuff of his dreaming.
- 169. Spectacle.
- 170. Don't let these stories
and pretty lights fool you, boys.
- 171. Religion is darkness.
- 172. My dear appa believed
himself part of the new India.
- 173. As a child, he had had polio.
- 174. He used to lie in bed racked with pain,
wondering where God was.
- 175. In the end, God didn't save him,
Western medicine did.
- 176. My amma went to college...
- 177. and thought her family
was part of the new India as well...
- 178. until her parents cut her off...
- 179. because they thought
she was marrying beneath her.
- 180. Her religion was the only link
she had to her past.
- 181. I met Christ in the mountains
when I was 12.
- 182. We were visiting relatives,
tea growers in Munnar.
- 183. It was our third day there.
Ravi and I were terribly bored.
- 184. Challenge. I'll give you two rupees.
- 185. Run in to that church
and drink the holy water.
- 186. You must be thirsty.
- 187. Here.
- 188. I brought you this.
- 189. Why would a god do that?
- 190. Why would He send His own son...
- 191. to suffer for the sins
of ordinary people?
- 192. Because He loves us.
- 193. God made Himself approachable to us,
human, so we could understand Him.
- 194. We can't understand God
in all His perfection.
- 195. But we can understand God's son
and His suffering as we would a brother's.
- 196. That made no sense.
- 197. Sacrificing the innocent
to atone for the sins of the guilty...
- 198. What kind of love is that?
- 199. But this son...
- 200. I couldn't get him out of my head.
- 201. If God is so perfect and we are not...
- 202. why would He want to create all this?
- 203. Why does He need us at all?
- 204. All you have to know
is that He loves us.
- 205. God so loved this world
that He gave His only son.
- 206. The longer I listened to the priest...
- 207. the more I came to like this son of God.
- 208. Thank you, Vishnu,
for introducing me to Christ.
- 209. I came to faith through Hinduism
and I found God's love through Christ.
- 210. But God wasn't finished with me yet.
- 211. God works in mysterious ways.
- 212. And so it was,
He introduced Himself again.
- 213. This time by the name of Allah.
- 214. My Arabic was never very good...
- 215. but the sound and feel of the words
brought me closer to God.
- 216. In performing Salah...
- 217. the ground I touched
became holy ground...
- 218. and I found a feeling
of serenity and brotherhood.
- 219. This lamb is exquisite.
- 220. It's the best dish on the table.
- 221. You're all missing out.
- 222. You only need to convert
to three more religions, Piscine...
- 223. and you will spend your life on holiday.
- 224. Are you going to Mecca this year,
- 225. Or to Rome for your coronation
as Pope Pi-us?
- 226. You stay out of this, Ravi.
- 227. Just as you like cricket,
Pi has his own interests.
- 228. No, Gita, Ravi has a point.
- 229. You cannot follow three different religions
at the same time, Piscine.
- 230. Why not?
- 231. Because believing
in everything at the same time...
- 232. is the same as not believing
in anything at all.
- 233. He's young, Santosh.
He's still finding his way.
- 234. And how can he find his way
if he does not choose a path?
- 235. Listen, instead of leaping
from one religion to the next...
- 236. why not start with reason?
- 237. In a few hundred years...
- 238. science has taken us farther
in understanding the universe...
- 239. than religion has in 10,000.
- 240. That is true.
- 241. Your father is right.
- 242. Science can teach us
more about what is out there...
- 243. but not what is in here.
- 244. Some eat meat, some eat vegetable.
- 245. I do not expect us all
to agree about everything...
- 246. but I would much rather have you
believe in something I don't agree with...
- 247. than to accept everything blindly.
- 248. And that begins with
- 249. Do you understand?
- 250. Good.
- 251. I would like to be baptized.
- 252. So, you're a Christian and a Muslim?
- 253. And a Hindu, of course.
- 254. And a Jew, I suppose.
- 255. Well, I do teach a course on the
Kabbalah at the university.
- 256. And why not?
Faith is a house with many rooms.
- 257. But no room for doubt?
- 258. Plenty. On every floor.
- 259. Doubt is useful.
- 260. It keeps faith a living thing.
- 261. After all, you cannot know the strength
of your faith until it's been tested.
- 262. Where's Selvam?
We shouldn't be in here without him.
- 263. Stop worrying.
- 264. I have seen him do this
a thousand times.
- 265. I want to meet our new tiger.
- 266. Pi!
- 267. Hello? Richard Parker?
- 268. A tiger?
Richard Parker was a tiger?
- 269. Yeah, he got his name
through a clerical error.
- 270. A hunter caught him drinking
from a stream when he was a cub...
- 271. and named him Thirsty.
- 272. When Thirsty got too big,
the hunter sold him to our zoo...
- 273. but the names got switched
on the paperwork.
- 274. The hunter was listed as Thirsty,
and the tiger was called Richard Parker.
- 275. We laughed about it, and the name stuck.
- 276. Let's go...
- 277. before we get into trouble.
- 278. I want to see him close up.
- 279. You're not a zookeeper.
- 280. Come on!
- 281. That's it, Richard Parker.
- 282. It's for you.
- 283. No!
- 284. What are you thinking?
- 285. Are you out of your mind?
- 286. Who gave you permission
to come back here?
- 287. You have just ignored
everything I've ever taught you.
- 288. I just wanted to say hello to him.
- 289. You think that tiger is your friend?
- 290. He's an animal, not a playmate.
- 291. Animals have souls.
- 292. I have seen it in their eyes.
- 293. Find Selvam.
- 294. You're sure, Sir? Pi's just a boy.
- 295. Do it. Go ahead!
- 296. Animals do not think like we do.
- 297. People who forget that
get themselves killed.
- 298. That tiger is not your friend.
- 299. When you look into his eyes...
- 300. you are seeing your own emotions
reflected back at you.
- 301. Nothing else.
- 302. Don't be stupid. Say you're sorry.
- 303. What have you done, Piscine?
- 304. You know what your father said
about coming back here.
- 305. I am sorry. I was...
- 306. What are you thinking?
- 307. This is between a father and his sons.
- 308. He said he's sorry.
- 309. You want to scar them for life?
- 310. Scar them? That boy almost lost his arm.
- 311. But he's still a boy.
- 312. He will be a man sooner than you think.
- 313. And this is a lesson
I do not want them ever to forget.
- 314. Selvam!
- 315. and so has placed the country
in a state of emergency.
- 316. Under the directive,
the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu...
- 317. will be placed under the direct authority
of the central government.
- 318. Police will be granted powers...
- 319. to arrest and indefinitely detain
citizens responsible for the uprising.
- 320. Things changed after the day
of Appa's lesson.
- 321. The world had lost
some of its enchantment.
- 322. School was a bore.
Nothing but facts, fractions and French.
- 323. Words and patterns that went on and on,
- 324. Just like my irrational nickname.
- 325. I grew restless searching for something
that might bring meaning back into my life.
- 326. And then, I met Anandi.
- 327. Mother made me study music.
- 328. And one day,
my teacher came down with the flu.
- 329. He asked if I could take his place,
playing rhythms for a dance class.
- 330. No.
- 331. If you do not concentrate...
- 332. you cannot express
your love of God through dance.
- 333. Feel the ground beneath your feet.
- 334. Open your gaze out onto the horizon.
- 335. Let that spiritual energy
pulse through you and out into the world.
- 336. Through abhinaya.
- 337. Anandi, come to the front. Lead them.
- 338. Why are you following me?
- 339. What?
- 340. You were following me.
- 341. What does this mean?
- 342. In the dance, you went from pataka...
- 343. which means the forest.
- 344. And then you did...
- 345. samputa...
- 346. which means something that is hidden.
- 347. And after that, you did this.
- 348. And then you did chatura.
- 349. But at the very end, you did this.
- 350. None of the other dancers did that.
- 351. What did you mean?
The god of love is hiding in the forest?
- 352. No, that also means the lotus flower.
- 353. Lotus flower is hiding in the forest?
- 354. Why would a lotus flower
hide in the forest?
- 355. And this is Richard Parker.
- 356. He is the most magnificent creature
we've ever had here.
- 357. Look at the way he's turning his head.
- 358. Showing off. Like a dancer.
- 359. No, he heard something.
- 360. He's listening, you see?
- 361. We have talked about it for some time.
- 362. Do you understand what I'm saying?
- 363. Pi?
- 364. Sorry, you've been...
- 365. Worried.
- 366. For my family.
- 367. Our animals are worth far more abroad
than here in India.
- 368. And if the town council
stops supporting us...
- 369. I don't know where we will be.
- 370. So, it is what we have to do.
- 371. Do you understand?
- 372. I'm sorry, what are we talking about?
- 373. We are leaving India.
- 374. What?
- 375. We are selling the zoo.
- 376. The zoo was never ours to sell.
The land belongs to the town.
- 377. But the animals are ours
and if we sell them...
- 378. we will have enough to start a new life.
- 379. But where would we go?
Our life is here, Appa.
- 380. Canada.
- 381. I have some opportunities
for work in Winnipeg.
- 382. I'll be shipping most of the animals
for sale in North America.
- 383. We can get freighter passage
for the whole family.
- 384. So...
- 385. It is settled.
- 386. We will sail like Columbus.
- 387. But Columbus
was looking for India.
- 388. It takes a lot of work to sell a zoo.
- 389. Before we left...
- 390. Anandi and I had time enough
to break each other's hearts.
- 391. Of course, I promised
I would come back one day.
- 392. It's funny.
- 393. I remember everything else
about our last day.
- 394. But I don't remember saying goodbye.
- 395. Pi? They're serving dinner below.
- 396. Piscine...
- 397. you have a whole life ahead of you.
- 398. We are doing this for you and Ravi.
- 399. Come inside and have some dinner.
- 400. Vegetarian, please.
- 401. My sons and I are vegetarians.
Do you have anything—
- 402. No, no, no. Not more gravy.
- 403. You don't want gravy?
- 404. No, I want something vegetarian.
- 405. She asked if you have
- 406. The cow that produced this liver
- 407. the pigs that went into these sausages
- 408. Very funny.
- 409. But my wife doesn't eat liver.
- 410. Then she can eat the sausage,
the rice, and the gravy.
- 411. Or you can cook your own food.
- 412. How dare you talk to my wife like that?
- 413. Here's your rice.
- 414. I cook for sailors...
- 415. not curry-eaters.
- 416. What did you say?
- 417. Let go of me!
- 418. Who do you think you are?
You're nothing but a servant!
- 419. I feed people! You feed monkeys!
- 420. Hello.
- 421. I am happy Buddhist.
- 422. So, I eat rice next to gravy.
- 423. On ship, gravy is not meat.
- 424. Is taste.
- 425. You try?
- 426. Don't worry.
- 427. We will have plenty of fresh supplies
after we stop in Manila.
- 428. Why give Orange Juice tranquilizers?
- 429. She's not going to cause any trouble.
- 430. The stress of traveling
is not good for the animals...
- 431. and it helps with the seasickness.
- 432. We don't want to be cleaning up
after a seasick orangutan...
- 433. do we?
- 434. My father was a businessman.
He had never tended the animals himself.
- 435. I realized...
- 436. leaving India must have been
harder for him than it was for me.
- 437. So...
- 438. Have I forgotten anything?
- 439. I think you've set the stage.
- 440. So far, we have an Indian boy
named after a French swimming pool...
- 441. on a Japanese ship full of animals,
heading to Canada.
- 442. Yes.
- 443. Now, we have to send our boy
into the middle of the Pacific and—
- 444. And make me believe in God.
- 445. Yeah.
- 446. We'll get there.
- 447. It was four days out of Manila...
- 448. above the Mariana Trench,
the deepest spot on Earth.
- 449. Our ship, The Tsimtsum, pushed on,
bullishly indifferent to its surroundings.
- 450. It moved with the slow,
massive confidence of a continent.
- 451. Ravi?
- 452. Did you hear that, Ravi?
- 453. I'm sleeping.
- 454. It's a thunderstorm. Let's go watch.
- 455. Are you crazy?
- 456. We will get hit by lightning.
- 457. No, we won't.
It will hit the bridge first.
- 458. Don't tempt a storm, Pi.
- 459. More rain! More rain!
- 460. Lord of Storms!
- 461. Lightning!
- 462. Amma!
- 463. Appa!
- 464. Ravi! Get out! Get out!
- 465. Help me!
- 466. Help!
- 467. Get in the boat!
- 468. Please! Save my family!
- 469. Don't scare, okay? Wait, stay here!
- 470. You have to help them! Please!
- 471. Put this on.
- 472. No, no, my family! Please!
- 473. We have to help them!
- 474. - We don't have time.
- My family's back there!
- 475. We help! You must go!
- 476. Who let all the animals out?
- 477. You have to go now!
- 478. No, wait, my father! He can't swim!
- 479. Go!
- 480. Hang on to the boat! Hold, hold!
- 481. Bring it down!
- 482. Hey! You! What are you doing?
- 483. Jump!
- 484. Hey, hey!
- 485. Hey! Over here! Over here!
- 486. Richard Parker?
- 487. No! No!
- 488. No! Go away! Go away!
- 489. Amma!
- 490. Appa! Ravi.
- 491. I'm sorry.
- 492. I'm sorry!
- 493. Hari?
- 494. Looks as though
your drugs haven't worn off yet.
- 495. Orange Juice! Orange Juice!
- 496. Welcome to Pi's Ark.
- 497. Where is your boy, Orange Juice?
- 498. Don't worry,
I bet mother and father found him.
- 499. They'll all be here soon.
- 500. Hello!
- 501. Hello!
- 502. Anybody!
- 503. No!
- 504. Stop it! No!
Stop it! Stop it!
- 505. No! No!
- 506. I'm sorry, Orange Juice.
- 507. I don't have any
seasickness medicine for you.
- 508. Supplies. Supplies!
- 509. Yes! Yes!
- 510. No! No!
- 511. Come on! Come on!
- 512. My name is Pi Patel.
- 513. I have been in a shipwreck.
- 514. I am on a lifeboat alone...
- 515. with a tiger.
- 516. Please send help.
- 517. God, I give myself to you.
- 518. I am your vessel.
- 519. Whatever comes, I want to know.
- 520. Show me.
- 521. There are no lines.
- 522. Set your house in order
and dig in for the battle to survive.
- 523. Establish a strict schedule for eating,
keeping watch and getting rest.
- 524. Do not drink urine or sea water.
- 525. Keep busy
but avoid unnecessary exertion.
- 526. The mind can be kept occupied
by playing card games...
- 527. Twenty Questions, or I Spy.
- 528. Community singing is another
surefire way to lift the spirits.
- 529. Telling stories is highly recommended.
- 530. Above all, don't lose hope.
- 531. Few things can sap the spirit faster
- 532. Waves are most strongly felt
when a boat turns sideways to the current.
- 533. A sea anchor is used as a drag
to keep the boat's head to the wind.
- 534. Proper use of them can increase control
and reduce seasickness during rough seas.
- 535. For castaways who must share their
lifeboats with large,
- 536. dangerous carnivores...
- 537. it's advisable to establish
a territory as your own.
- 538. Try this method.
- 539. Step one.
- 540. Choose a day when
waves are moderate, but regular.
- 541. Step two.
With the lifeboat facing into the waves...
- 542. making the ride as comfortable as possible,
blow your whistle soothingly.
- 543. Step three.
Turn the lifeboat sideways to the waves...
- 544. accompanied by harsh,
aggressive use of the whistle.
- 545. With sufficient repetition...
- 546. the animal will associate
the sound of the whistle...
- 547. with the discomfort of seasickness.
- 548. Similar methods have long
been used by circus trainers...
- 549. though they generally lack
access to rough seas.
- 550. Let the trumpets blare!
- 551. Let the drum rolls begin!
- 552. Prepare to be amazed!
- 553. Here it is,
for your enjoyment and instruction!
- 554. The show you've been waiting for
all your life...
- 555. will soon begin!
- 556. Are you ready for the miracle of it?
- 557. Well, then, I give to you...
- 558. the astounding Bengal tiger!
- 559. Hello, Richard Parker.
Sorry about the choppy ride.
- 560. Mine! You understand? Yours, mine!
- 561. You understand?
- 562. Step four.
- 563. Disregard steps one through three.
- 564. Here, Richard Parker.
I got some water for you.
- 565. In the zoo, we fed our tigers
an average of five kilos of meat a day.
- 566. Richard Parker will be
getting hungry soon.
- 567. Tigers are powerful swimmers,
and if he gets hungry enough...
- 568. I'm afraid the little bit of water
between us won't be any protection.
- 569. I need to find a way to feed him.
- 570. I can eat the biscuits
but God made tigers carnivores...
- 571. so I must learn to catch fish.
- 572. If I don't, I'm afraid his last meal
will be a skinny, vegetarian boy.
- 573. Patience!
- 574. What am I doing?
- 575. Wait! I'm thinking.
- 576. Thirty-two cartons of biscuits.
- 577. Ninety-three cans of water.
- 578. I'm sorry.
- 579. I'm sorry.
- 580. Thank you, Lord Vishnu.
- 581. Thank you for coming in the form of a fish
and saving our lives.
- 582. Thank you.
- 583. Of course, I brought all the biscuits
- 584. on the raft with me to keep them safe.
- 585. Idiot.
- 586. Hunger can change everything you
ever thought you knew about yourself.
- 587. Here, it's yours!
- 588. Mine! Mine!
- 589. I can't risk my life every time I have
to climb onto the boat for supplies.
- 590. It's time to settle this.
- 591. If we're going to live together,
we have to learn to communicate.
- 592. Maybe Richard Parker can't be tamed,
but with God's will, he can be trained.
- 593. No!
- 594. Good.
- 595. Go, Richard Parker. Go.
- 596. Go on home, I'll leave you alone.
- 597. I'll respect that, I promise.
- 598. Go. Come on.
- 599. Yes!
- 600. I never thought a small piece of shade
could bring me so much happiness.
- 601. That a pile of tools,
a bucket, a knife, a pencil...
- 602. might become my greatest treasures.
- 603. Or that knowing Richard Parker
was here might ever bring me peace.
- 604. In times like these...
- 605. I remember that he has as little
experience with the real world as I do.
- 606. We were both raised in a zoo
by the same master.
- 607. Now we've been orphaned,
left to face our ultimate master together.
- 608. Without Richard Parker,
I would have died by now.
- 609. My fear of him keeps me alert.
- 610. Tending to his needs
gives my life purpose.
- 611. Dolphins.
- 612. Hey, Richard Parker!
- 613. Hey!
- 614. Above all, don't lose hope.
- 615. Eight, five, five,
zero, three, six, six...
- 616. zero, eight, zero, one...
- 617. three, six, zero, four,
six, six, eight...
- 618. What are you looking at?
- 619. Talk to me.
- 620. Tell me what you see.
- 621. Words are all I have left to hang on to.
- 622. Everything mixed up. Fragmented.
- 623. Can't tell daydreams, night dreams,
from reality anymo—...
- 624. Storm, Richard Parker.
- 625. No!
- 626. No!
- 627. Praise be to God!
- 628. Lord of all worlds!
- 629. The compassionate, the merciful!
- 630. Come out.
- 631. Richard Parker!
Come out, you have to see this!
- 632. It's beautiful!
- 633. Don't hide yourself! He's come to us!
- 634. It's a miracle!
- 635. Come out and see God, Richard Parker!
- 636. Why are you scaring him?
- 637. Oh, God!
- 638. I've lost my family!
I've lost everything!
- 639. I surrender! What more do you want?
- 640. I'm sorry, Richard Parker.
- 641. We're dying, Richard Parker.
- 642. I'm sorry.
- 643. Amma, Appa, Ravi...
- 644. I'm happy I'm going to see you soon.
- 645. Can you feel the rain?
- 646. God, thank you for giving me my life.
- 647. I'm ready now.
- 648. Richard Parker?
- 649. Excuse me.
- 650. Move.
- 651. Move. Excuse me.
- 652. Hey! Hey!
- 653. Hey, come on!
- 654. Hey, get away. This is my bed.
- 655. It was a human tooth?
- 656. Don't you see?
The island was carnivorous.
- 657. Carnivorous? Like a Venus Flytrap?
- 658. Yes, the whole island.
- 659. The plants, the water in those pools,
the very ground itself.
- 660. During the day,
those pools held fresh water.
- 661. But at night, some chemical process
turned the water in those pools into acid...
- 662. acid that dissolved those fish...
- 663. that sent the meerkats
scurrying into the trees,
- 664. and Richard Parker running to the boat.
- 665. But where did the tooth come from?
- 666. Years ago, some poor fellow,
just like me...
- 667. must have found himself
stranded on that island...
- 668. and, like me,
thought he might stay there forever.
- 669. But all that the island gave him by day,
it took away again by night.
- 670. To think, how many hours spent
with only meerkats for company.
- 671. How much loneliness taken on.
- 672. All I know is that eventually he died
and the island digested him...
- 673. leaving behind only his teeth.
- 674. I saw how my life would end
if I stayed on that island.
- 675. Alone and forgotten.
- 676. I had to get back to the world,
or die trying.
- 677. I spent the next day preparing the boat.
- 678. I filled my stores with fresh water...
- 679. ate seaweed until my stomach
could take no more...
- 680. and brought as many meerkats
as I could fit
- 681. into the storage locker for Richard Parker.
- 682. I couldn't leave without him, of course.
- 683. It would mean killing him.
- 684. And so, I waited for his return.
- 685. I knew he wouldn't be late.
- 686. Richard Parker!
- 687. No one has seen that floating island since.
- 688. And you won't read about
those trees in any nature book.
- 689. And yet, if I hadn't found those shores,
I would have died.
- 690. If I hadn't discovered that tooth,
I would have been lost, alone forever.
- 691. Even when God seemed
to have abandoned me...
- 692. He was watching.
- 693. Even when He seemed
indifferent to my suffering...
- 694. He was watching.
- 695. And when I was beyond all hope of saving,
He gave me rest...
- 696. then gave me a sign
to continue my journey.
- 697. By the time we reached the Mexican shore,
I was afraid to let go of the boat.
- 698. My strength was gone. I was so weak.
- 699. I was afraid that in two feet of water,
so close to deliverance...
- 700. I would drown.
- 701. I struggled to shore
and fell upon the sand.
- 702. It was warm and soft...
- 703. like pressing my face
against the cheek of God.
- 704. And somewhere,
two eyes were smiling at having me there.
- 705. I was so spent, I could hardly move.
- 706. And so, Richard Parker went ahead of me.
- 707. He stretched his legs
and walked along the shore.
- 708. At the edge of the jungle, he stopped.
- 709. I was certain he was
going to look back at me...
- 710. flatten his ears to his head, growl.
- 711. That he would bring our relationship
to an end in some way.
- 712. But he just stared ahead
into the jungle.
- 713. And then, Richard Parker,
my fierce companion...
- 714. the terrible one who kept me alive...
- 715. disappeared forever from my life.
- 716. After a few hours,
a member of my own species found me.
- 717. He left and returned with a group
who carried me away.
- 718. I wept like a child.
- 719. Not because I was overwhelmed
at having survived, although I was.
- 720. I was weeping because Richard Parker
left me so unceremoniously.
- 721. It broke my heart.
- 722. You know, my father was right.
- 723. Richard Parker never saw me as his friend.
- 724. After all we had been through,
he didn't even look back.
- 725. But I have to believe there
was more in his eyes...
- 726. than my own reflection staring back at me.
- 727. I know it. I felt it.
- 728. Even if I can't prove it.
- 729. You know, I've left so much behind.
- 730. My family, the zoo, India, Anandi.
- 731. I suppose, in the end, the whole of life
becomes an act of letting go.
- 732. But what always hurts the most...
- 733. is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
- 734. I was never able to thank my father
for all I learned from him.
- 735. To tell him, without his lessons...
- 736. I would never have survived.
- 737. I know Richard Parker is a tiger,
but I wish I had said...
- 738. "It's over. We survived.
- 739. "Thank you for saving my life.
I love you, Richard Parker.
- 740. "You will always be with me.
- 741. "May God be with you."
- 742. I don't know what to say.
- 743. It's hard to believe, isn't it?
- 744. It is a lot to take in.
- 745. To figure out what it all means.
- 746. If it happened, it happened.
Why should it have to mean anything?
- 747. Some of it is pretty incredible.
- 748. See, I was the only one
who survived the shipwreck.
- 749. So the Japanese shipping company
sent two men to talk to me...
- 750. in the Mexican hospital
where I was recovering.
- 751. I still have a copy of their report.
- 752. They had insurance claims to settle...
- 753. and they wanted to find out
why the ship sank.
- 754. They didn't believe me, either.
- 755. Thousands of meerkats
on a floating carnivorous island...
- 756. and no one has ever seen it?
- 757. Yes, just like I told you.
- 758. Bananas don't float.
- 759. Why are you talking about bananas?
- 760. You said the orangutan
floated to you on a bundle of bananas.
- 761. But bananas don't float.
- 762. Are you sure about that?
- 763. Of course they do.
Try it for yourself.
- 764. In any case, we are not here
to talk about bananas or meerkats.
- 765. Look, I've just told you a long story
and I'm very tired.
- 766. We are here because a Japanese
cargo ship sank in the Pacific.
- 767. Something I never forget.
- 768. I lost my whole family.
- 769. Get him some water.
- 770. We don't mean to push you.
- 771. And you have our deepest sympathies.
- 772. But we have come a long way...
- 773. and we are no closer
to understanding why the ship sank.
- 774. Because I don't know.
- 775. I was asleep. Something woke me up.
- 776. It could have been an explosion,
I can't be sure.
- 777. And then the ship sank.
- 778. What else do you want from me?
- 779. A story that won't make us
look like fools.
- 780. We need a simpler story for our report.
- 781. One our company can understand.
- 782. A story we can all believe.
- 783. So, a story without things
you've never seen before.
- 784. That's right.
- 785. Without surprises.
Without animals or islands.
- 786. Yes. The truth.
- 787. So, what did you do?
- 788. I told them another story.
- 789. Four of us survived.
- 790. The cook and the sailor
were already aboard.
- 791. The cook threw me a lifebuoy
and pulled me aboard...
- 792. and Mother held on to some bananas
and made it to the lifeboat.
- 793. The cook was a disgusting man.
- 794. He ate a rat.
- 795. We had food enough for weeks,
but he found the rat in the first few days...
- 796. and he killed it,
dried it in the sun and ate it.
- 797. He was such a brute, that man.
- 798. But he was resourceful.
- 799. It was his idea to build
the raft to catch fish.
- 800. We would have died in those
first few days without him.
- 801. The sailor was the same man who
brought rice and gravy, the Buddhist.
- 802. We didn't understand much of
what he said, only that he was suffering.
- 803. He had broken his leg
horribly in the fall.
- 804. We tried to set it as best we could,
but the leg became infected...
- 805. and the cook said that we had
to do something or he'd die.
- 806. The cook said he'd do it,
- 807. but Mother and I had
to hold the man down.
- 808. And I believed him, we needed to do it.
- 809. So...
- 810. I kept saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry."
- 811. And he just kept looking at me.
His eyes were so...
- 812. I'll never understand the point
of that man's suffering.
- 813. I can still hear him.
- 814. The happy Buddhist,
he only ate rice and gravy.
- 815. We didn't save him, of course.
- 816. He died.
- 817. The morning after,
the cook caught his first dorado...
- 818. and I didn't understand
what he had done at first, but Mother did...
- 819. and I had never seen Mother so angry.
- 820. "Stop whining and be happy," he said.
- 821. "We need more food or we'll die.
That was the whole point."
- 822. "What was the whole point?"
- 823. "You let that poor boy die in order
to get bait, you monster!"
- 824. The cook got furious.
- 825. He started towards her
with his fist raised...
- 826. and Mother slapped him hard,
right across the face.
- 827. I was stunned.
- 828. I thought he was going
to kill her right then.
- 829. But he didn't.
- 830. The cook didn't stop at bait either, no.
- 831. The sailor...
- 832. He went the same way the rat went.
- 833. The cook was a resourceful man.
- 834. It was a week later that he...
- 835. Because of me.
- 836. Because I couldn't
hold on to a stupid turtle.
- 837. It slipped out of my hands
and swam away.
- 838. And the cook came up and he punched me
on the side of my head...
- 839. and my teeth clacked and I saw stars.
- 840. I thought he was going to hit me again...
- 841. but Mother started
pounding on him with her fists...
- 842. screaming, "Monster, monster!"
- 843. She yelled at me to go to the raft.
- 844. I thought she was coming with me,
or I'd never have...
- 845. I don't know why
I didn't make her go first.
- 846. I think about that every day.
- 847. I jumped over and turned back
just as the knife came out.
- 848. There wasn't anything I could do.
- 849. I couldn't look away.
- 850. He threw her body overboard.
- 851. And then the sharks came.
And I saw what they...
- 852. I saw.
- 853. The next day, I killed him.
- 854. He didn't even fight back.
He knew he had gone too far...
- 855. even by his own standards.
- 856. He'd left the knife out on the bench,
and I did to him what he did to the sailor.
- 857. He was such an evil man,
but worse still, he...
- 858. He brought the evil out in me.
- 859. And I have to live with that.
- 860. I was alone in a lifeboat...
- 861. drifting across the Pacific Ocean.
- 862. And I survived.
- 863. After that, they had no more questions.
- 864. The investigators didn't seem
to like the story, exactly.
- 865. But they thanked me,
they wished me well, and they left.
- 866. So the stories...
- 867. both the zebra and the sailor...
- 868. broke their leg.
- 869. And the hyena killed
the zebra and the orangutan.
- 870. So... the hyena is the cook.
- 871. The sailor is the zebra.
- 872. Your mother is the orangutan.
- 873. And you are...
- 874. the tiger.
- 875. Can I ask you something?
- 876. Of course.
- 877. I've told you two stories about
what happened out on the ocean.
- 878. Neither explains what caused
the sinking of the ship...
- 879. and no one can prove
which story is true and which is not.
- 880. In both stories, the ship sinks...
- 881. my family dies and I suffer.
- 882. True.
- 883. So, which story do you prefer?
- 884. The one with the tiger.
- 885. That's the better story.
- 886. Thank you.
- 887. And so it goes with God.
- 888. Mamaji was right.
- 889. It's an amazing story.
- 890. Will you really let me write it?
- 891. Of course.
- 892. Isn't that why Mamaji sent you here,
- 893. My wife is here.
- 894. Do you want to stay for dinner?
She's an incredible cook.
- 895. I didn't know you had a wife.
- 896. And a cat and two children.
- 897. So, your story does have a happy ending.
- 898. Well, that's up to you.
- 899. The story is yours now.
- 900. "Mr. Patel's is an astounding story
of courage and endurance...
- 901. "unparalleled in the history of shipwrecks.
- 902. "Very few castaways can claim
to have survived so long at sea...
- 903. "and none in the company...
- 904. "of an adult Bengal tiger."
- 905. We have a guest. Let me introduce you.
- 906. - Hi.
- 907. Nice to meet you.
- 908. Adita.