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Two of the themes are brought out in these chapters, the syncretic approach to religion and the importance of the better story. Regardless of the methods of worship, to Pi, it is all about believing in something beyond the tangible. This belief allows Pi to experience the better story. “Atman met Allah.” The universal spiritual force and God have come together.
The third theme is also hinted at, the idea that science and religion
are both ways to understand the world. Mr. Kumar the teacher and Mr. Kumar
the Sufi are both the “prophets” of Pi’s youth. One inspires him to science,
the other to religion. There is also a real-life Satish Kumar. He is a
former Jain monk from India who literally walked across the world to promote
disarmament and raise awareness of the beauty and connectedness of all
things. His book, Path Without Destination, describes his journey and
his beliefs and makes him a likely inspiration for the characters of Mr.
and Mr. Kumar.
The author reflects on his afternoon with Pi. He writes down his impressions
of Pi’s concepts of “dry, yeastless factuality” and “the better story.”
This brief reflection demonstrates that the author understands Pi’s perspective on life. He understands the common thread of Pi’s three religions, love. Though only half a page long, Chapter 21 represents the heart of the novel. Along with the paragraph that follows, i.e. Chapter 22, the whole point of the novel is revealed.
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