Life of Pi – The lost 

This is the “lost” chapter between chapter 18 and 19.
I layed in bed with my eyes closed thinking about the baker. A man kind enough to share bread with a stranger, or the way his smile lit his face up after praying, how peaceful and calm he was. It put me in disbelief of what is said about Muslims. If they were about violence and their reputation was so bad, then how is it that just by watching a man pray I felt peace?. I was so stunned with the urge to learn more so I got on my bike and rushed over to him. I knocked on the door but the imam had answered it. I asked where the baker who was here earlier was and he replied with “may I ask who you are”.
“I’m Pi, I met him today and had some questions I wanted to ask ” I said. The imam put his head down immediately as if he was upset about something. I asked if he’d be home anytime soon and that’s when he told me what happened. “He was having sharp pains in his chest and collapsed to the ground. “He’s in the hospital” he said. Even though I had just met him, I couldn’t help but feel sad and discomforted. As I was about to leave the imam put his hand on my shoulder and said calmly ” pray for his health”. 

I walked towards my bike to leave and thought “Pray”. I don’t know how to pray like Muslims. While riding my bike back, regretting not asking when I had the chance,

I felt as if I lost an opportunity to learn something that could change my life, a chance to understand Muslim religion.

I started to hear my father yelling “It’s time to wake up! Let’s go Pi”. 

I open my eyes only to realize it was all a dream. I got up tired but filled with joy that it was all a dream and rushed over to the bakery “maybe this was all a sign from God” I thought.

When I got there he was really busy so I decided to wait because I didn’t want to take the chance of something happening.

The customers left so I got up and said hi to the baker. “I need to pray but I will serve you right after” he said with a smile on his face. I watched him again while he prayed. Yes it was like an exercise and I wondered how they don’t get tired, but it looked so beautiful. 

“What can I get for you” he said when he’s done.

“I’m not here for the bread, I want to know about your religion “. He smiled the biggest smile I had ever seen. “I close the bakery in two hours, would you like to come back after ?”. 

I smiled, nodded my head and got on my bike and left. It’s left like the two hours weren’t going by and I was so interested in knowing about Islam, I had questions that I needed answers to. 

What is so special about Islam that can make one so happy after praying is the question that I really wanted an answer to. I’ve learned and practiced Hinduism and Christianity and knew a little about Muslims but everything I knew seemed wrong once I met a man so kind. 

Yann Martel interview 

Lost chapter interview 

Why did you Exclude this chapter in the original? 
Yann Martel I exuded it because I didn’t want my readers to get the wrong idea about Pi and his personality.

Where is the lost chapter?

Yann Martel It is between chapter 18 and 19.

Why release it now? 

Yann Martel after getting such amazing feedback and becoming the winner of the man booker prize, I feel like I owe my readers more and this chapter is it. Also I wanted to carry this part on because I feel like it’s something people can connect to.

What can the readers expect in this chapter?

Yann Martel the should prepare themselves for more emotion and understanding of Pi’s character.

What does it add to the story ?  

Yann Martel It adds a lot but I think most of all my intentions for it was more emotion, understanding of religion, how he came across it and what triggered him to want to know more. 

Why is this chapter so important?

Yann Martel This chapter comes with a lesson, as do most of them and I think it’s important for my readers to understand that.

Do you think the excluded chapter will have better feedback than the original? 

Yann Martel My goal was to satisfy them with what they are reading, so yes I do. 

Life of Pi and my opinion on religion 

Pi isn’t just any ordinary person who believes in their religion, he believes and learns about multiple religions such as Hinduism, Christianity, and the Muslim religion. He believes in zoology and religion and defends not only the common spirits behind all three of these but also follows the rituals and ceremonies. Pi’s parents didn’t know he was practicing all these religions but he looked at it as “teenagers always hide a few things from their parents”. 
When Pi’s parents found out he followed all these religions his father out of defence for his son said “I suppose that’s what we’re all trying to do – to love God”. But I think he felt a sort of embarrassment. 

I think that there is nothing wrong with the fact that Pi is learning and committing to all these religions. His love for God is true and pure and that’s all that should matter. 

My parents are Muslims, I was raised a Muslim and brought up to not judge other religions but to follow my own. I personally wouldn’t practice other religions if they aren’t mine but I like learning about them. Christianity and the Muslim religion are actually a lot alike and that’s why I like hearing about other religions because I can make comparison. I feel like in the end if your intentions towards learning other religions and the beliefs of others are good then there is nothing wrong with it. Pi liked to learn different types and didn’t judge the ones he learned because his love for God was real and because I believe that he knew the basic right and wrongs in religion. To me religion is love, peace and happiness all in one. I say that because I grew up knowing I was a Muslim but never practiced it until one day when life got really complicated a friend told me to go pray and it will make me feel better so I decided to give it a try and when I did everything became so much more clearer to me. I started to feel a sense of peace with myself, I gained so much knowledge and realized why certain things happen when they do that’s why I feel like I am better off with religion but like I said everyone is different. 

Religion or lack of should not be forced, but rather inspired upon someone. If I had an opportunity to sit with a non-religious person i would express to them in a very open minded way my opinions on religion and why I feel that way without being forceful. Religion is a very hard topic to speak about because a lot of offence is taken sometimes and that’s why I think when talking about it you need to be as open minded as possible. Everyone has beliefs whether they are Hindu, Christian, Muslim, etc and everyone has a right to voice their opinions, but when voicing your opinions you need to be careful with the words you use and not be judgmental towards there’s. 

Life of Pi 

From the beginning of the novel to chapter 14 many different types of animals and animal behaviours were mentions. One of the animals were two and three toed sloths and how they survive because they don’t attract predators and their sleepiness. People think that because lions and cheetahs are in the wild they are “free” and “happy” but that’s not exactly true. Their fear is high while their food supply is low and their territory must constantly be defended. A Lions won’t tear you apart because it’s hungry but because you invade its territory. Howler monkeys stir in their branch if you’re twenty yards near its, African Buffaloes react when you’re seventy-five, giraffes will allow you to come thirty yards by motor and a fiddle crab scurry when you’re ten yards away. I find that very interesting how every animal has a different distance they will allow you come before reacting. In this novel it talks about how if an animal’s territory is invaded they will escape to the unknown and how these animals will not harm you unless they feel like they are in harm’s way. In two different parts of the novel it talks about how a roe-deer and a bear had both escaped from their cage in different zoos but they both ended up returning and back into their enclosure. I find that very surprising that animals actually know where they are suppose to be and though they escaped they still returned. I find the treatment of the animals very harsh. As humans we should know what’s right and what’s wrong and feel like even though some of us do, animal cruelty still exists. Just like humans, animals have souls but aren’t treated like that. It talks about how zoo animals have died because they were fed foreign bodies like bears, big cats, seals, monkeys, deer and so many more but what I find more disturbing than that is humans are the one doing these killings. Not only are they using foreign bodies but sticks, umbrellas, scissors, swords, hair pins and many more. I think the reason Pi spends so much time talking about animals and their behaviour is because not only does he have so much love for the animals but I think he’s trying to give explains as to what makes humans and animals so alike but different. Reading this section of the novel I’ve learned that every animal is different. Some prefer you keep your distance and others have a certain amount until they react but also an animal’s behaviour depends on whether it feels safe around you or intimated. Pi seems like he’s a loving and caring person that loves to learn and make comparisons when it comes to animals and humans. My option on animals in this world is they obviously shouldn’t be equal to humans but should not be tortured. People skin animals and use their fur to make clothing then put a price on it when there is other ways to make clothing and accessories. It makes me wonder if someone was to record animal cruelty and show it to people, would they stop ?. Of course compared to a human, animals are different but both have hearts and I think right now in the world animals aren’t looked at as something with a heart but something that can become a personal item.

Creative project introduction for The Kite Runner 

For my final creative novel project I will be making an interactive poster. The poster will contain many different parts of the story, images that relate to the novel and two of the plots I thought were the best. My purpose is to give my audience an idea of what the book is about and give them some knowledge about what happens, but also help them understand how some of the things that occur in this story are true. By doing so the first part of my poster will be an introduction to the novel, what it’s about, who the characters are, and the setting. In the next part, I will talk about the first plot I chose which was the death of Hassan and his wife. I will talk about how the Taliban murdered them and where that left his son which leads us to the next plot that occurs. Which is when Amir flys out to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan’s son Sohrab. Also what Amir went through to find him, who had him, what he made him do, what Sohrab had been through, and how it ended. Once I have finished talking about the plot I will start to explain why I liked this part of the book. I will make personal connections to this book which will hopefully help my audience understand more. This novel has many different plots and tragedies I think not only me but many other people can relate to. It’s also based on a true story and gets you thinking about what really happens in other country’s all around the world. It talks about war, murder, rape, women’s rights, country’s falling apart and homes being destroyed. Over all I think it was a great novel. 

My thoughts on the kite runner 

This book was by far one of the most emotional books I’ve read. It had so many different types of tragedy  that sadly I feel like I can relate too. I also lived in a middle eastern country for 5 years and some of the stuff that happened in this book for example the war between ethnic groups, city’s falling apart due to the war and family’s losing innocents to terrorist, all have happened. 

I think that as you read through each chapter you learn more and more about not only Amir but how he grows as a person after going through loss and tragedys. 

I recommend this book to everyone to be honest. Everything that you read about has happened or is still happening in different country’s around the world. Women being brutily beaten for no reason, children being raped, family’s and homes being destroyed, and innocent people having ther lives taken away. As wierd as it sounds it has made me thankful to have the safety I do here in Canada. 

The ending of the kite runner 

Amir rushes Sohrab  to the emergency room. While waiting in the hospital Amir grabs a sheet and uses it as a prayer mat. He starts praying for the first time in over 15 years. Eventually he falls asleep in a chair and starts to dream of Sohrab. He sees the razor blade he used to cut himself and Sohrab just laying in bloody water. A doctor wakes Amir and tells him that Sohrab lost plenty of blood but will live. For days, Amir stayed in the hospital while Sohrab sleeps. When Sohrab wakes up Amir asks how he feels, but Sohrab doesn’t answer, he reads to him, but Sohrab pays no attention then Sohrab tells Amir he is tired of everything. He tells Amir he should have left him in the water and that he wants his old life back. Amir tells Sohrab that he was coming to tell him that they found a way to get him to America but Sohrab stays completely silent. 

In August 2001 Amir and Sohrab arrive in San Francisco. General Taheri and Jamila come over for dinner and while Soraya and Jamila start to set the table, Amir tells General Taheri about the Taliban and what’s going on in Kabul. General Taheri held back from asking about  Sohrab at first but finally asks why Amir had brought back a Hazara boy. Amir tells him that Baba slept with a servant woman. Hassan, who is their son is now dead and Sohrab is Hassan’s son and Amir’s nephew. Amir gets offended and tells  General Taheri to never to call Sohrab a “Hazara boy” in his presence again. After 9/11 and the American  bombing of Afghanistan that occurred after, Amir and Soraya take jobs helping to run and raise money for a hospital on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

In March 2002, Amir takes Sohrab, Soraya, and Kamila to a gathering of Afghans at the park. Sohrab who is still not speaking, stands out in the rain, but the weather starts to clears. Soraya points out that there are kites flying in the sky so Amir finds a kite seller. He buys a new kite then walks over to Sohrab. While Amir checks the string, he talks about Hassan. Then, he asks Sohrab if he wants to fly it. Sohrab doesn’t answer, but when Amir starts running with the kite Sohrab starts to follow him. Amir offers again, and Sohrab takes the string. A green kite approaches for a battle, and while Amir taught Sohrab he notices he looked scared. He showed Sohrab’s  what used to be Hassan’s favorite trick. In one move, Amir and Sohrab cut the other kite’s string. People started cheeringn and Sohrab’s started to smile. Amir asks Sohrab if he should run the kite and but he nods yes. Amir replied by saying “For you, a thousand times over,” and starts to run. 

After That tragedy happened with Sohrab I feel like nothing made him happy. But once Amir showed him something he and his father both did I think Sohrab started to feel better and open up more 

How to get Sohrab to America 

Later on Amir and Sohrab arrive in Islamabad. Amir goes to take a nap and when he wakes up he realizes Sohrab was gone. He thinks of places he would be and then remembers Sohrab’s love for the mosque. When they arrived there they found him in the mosque parking lot and started talking about their parents. He asked if God would sent him to hell for what he did to Assef. Amir says Assef deserved it and Hassan would have been proud of Sohrab for saving Amir’s life. Sohrab is glad his parents can not see him because the sexual abuse he suffered makes him feel dirty and sinful. Amir tells Sohrab that he is not dirty nor sinful and asks him if he would like to live in America with him but Sohrab doesn’t give an answer. One afternoon he asks Amir what San Francisco is like and tells him that he is scared that him or his wife will get tired of him. Sohrab never wants to go back to an orphanage again. Amir promises that won’t happen and then after Sohrab agrees to go to America with him. Amir called Soraya to explain and then the next day called the American embassy but the man tells him that the adoption is almost impossible because without a death certificates, there is no way to prove Sohrab’s an orphan. He tells him that he should speak to Omar Faisal, an immigration attorney. Amir and Sohrab go to see Faisal the next day. He says it will be hard, but there are other options. He tells him that he can put Sohrab in an orphanage, file a petition, and then wait up to 2 years for the government to approve the adoption. That night Amir tells Sohrab he may have to go back to an orphanage but Sohrab screams and cries saying that they’ll hurt him. He cried until he fell asleep in Amir’s arms. While he sleeps, Amir calls Soraya who tells him that a family member names Sharif who works for the U.S. immigration department says there are ways to keep Sohrab in the country once he’s there. When Amir goes to tell Sohrab and finds him bleeding and unconscious in the bathtub.

Rahim’s goodbye

Amir started to see blurry visions of a woman named Aisha, a man with the mustache, someone he recognizes while he goes in and out of  consciousness. He wakes up and discovers he is in the hospital in Peshawar. The people he saw are doctors, and Farid was the man he recognized. Amir’s mouth is wired shut. His upper lit is split, the bone of his left eye socket broken, several of his ribs broken. Farid and Sohrab are there, and Amir thanks them both. Farid tells Amir that Rahim Khan has gone, but he left a note. 

In his note, Rahim Khan says he knew everything that happened with Hassan and though what Amir did was wrong he was too hard on himself. He knows Amir suffered because of how Baba treated him, but baba did it for a reason. Baba couldn’t love Hassan openly so he felt guilty and took it out on Amir. But real good came from Baba’s remorse, Rahim Khan says. The orphanage Baba built, the poor that he fed, were his way of asking for forgiveness for himself. Rahim Khan also leaves Amir a key to a safe with money to cover Amir’s expenses. He has little time left he says, and Amir should not look for him. The next morning, Amir gives Farid the names of the American couple that runs the orphanage. Amir spends the day playing cards with Sohrab, who barely speaks. Amir decides Peshawar isn’t safe, and when Farid learns there never was an American couple to care for Sohrab, Amir leaves and takes Sohrab with him.

Rescuing  Sohrab

Amir and Farid arrive at the house where Amir will meet the Taliban official. While Farid waits in the car  two guards lead Amir to the room where he is suppose to wait. The Taliban official enters with some guards and Amir and the official greet each other then one of the guards tear off Amir’s fake beard. The official asks Amir if he enjoyed the show at the stadium. Amir He said it wasn’t as good as when they went door to door shooting families in their homes. The official asked Amir was he was doing in America but Amirs only answer was that he was looking for Sohrab. Sohrab enters in a blue silk outfit, bells strapped around his ankles and mascara lining his eyes. The guards make Sohrab dance until the Taliban official orders them to leave. While the official rubs Sohrab’s stomach, he asks Amir whatever happened to old Babalu, a name Assef used to call Ali, and Amir then realizes that the Taliban official is actually Assef. Stunned, Amir says he will pay him for the boy. Assef replies that money is irrelevant and not why he joined the Taliban. He tells Amir he was once imprisoned, and one evening a guard began kicking him until the blows a kidney stone that had been causing him severe pain. He felt relief and began laughing. At that moment he knew God was on his side.

 Amir says he wants Sohrab. Shoving Sohrab forward, Assef says he and Amir have unfinished business. Assef tells the guards that if Amir exits the room alive, he has earned the right to leave. Then Assef puts on a pair of brass knuckles. Amir remembers little after that. There are flashes of Assef hitting him and swallowing teeth and blood. Amir remembers laughing while Assef beat him, and feeling relief. He had looked forward to that, and felt healed for the first time. Sohrab told Assef to stop and held up his slingshot, and when Assef lunged at him, Sohrab fired, hitting him in the left eye. Sohrab and Amir ran out of the house to where Farid waited with the car. As they drove away, Amir passed out.