Can You Guess What Pi is Talking About?

It was very warm, but the smell was not strong. In size it was like a big ball of gulab jamun, but with none of the softness. In fact, it was as hard as a rock. Load a musket with it and you could have shot a rhino.

I returned the ball to the cup and added a little water. I covered it and set it aside. My mouth watered as I waited. When I couldn’t stand the wait any longer, I popped the ball into my mouth.

9 Responses to "Can You Guess What Pi is Talking About?"

  1. The Mahatma   April 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    [Correct answer deleted] Responds:

    Have you read the awesome book?

    Or did you have to call on Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s baby for help?

    • The Mahatma   April 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

      You know the answer for that.. I don’t have the bad habit of reading. Responds:

      Wise Vice habit. 😉

  2. iamsumu   April 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

    Surprising that Goog and your post were the only 2 sites which carried those lines.
    I’ve read the book before, and that act is really something 🙂 Responds:

    Amazing book, isn’t it?

    We so liked Life of Pi that we’re doing something we almost never do. Reading it for the second time.

    • The Mahatma   April 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Are you planning to read Max e os Felinos too? Responds:


      We encountered Max e os Felinos, obviously, after reading Pi and the controversy over the charges of plagiarism against Yann Martel.

      It might interest you that on the online vade mecum of bibliophiles, Amazon, Max and the Cat has four reviews while Life of Pi has 1,967 reviews, the majority of them flattering.

      24,588% more reviews should signal something even if Yann Martel got his original inspiration from Max e os Felinos!

      • The Mahatma   April 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

        You’d have probably read this is it any good? Responds:

        No, haven’t read this. But have read other excerpts of non-fiction accounts of the 1857 rebellion from the ‘heroic’ British perspective.

        Mark Twain offers a lengthy excerpt of one such account in his India travelog, the one we referred to some months back.

  3. Twig   April 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Life of Pi didn’t work for me. Not even in the least sense.

    I was so bored with it’s (sic) religious stuff at the beginning and the journey with animals that it took me many many days to almost finish the book. What heck! I almost forgot what the book is about . Generally I take lot of care while lending books to people but for this book, I never cared. I don’t know where my book is right now. Responds:

    You write: Life of Pi didn’t work for me. Not even in the least sense.

    Good taste is not a given. Nor is it universal. Not even in the least sense. 😉

    The religious stuff doesn’t take that much ink really. Except for a few pages at the beginning and a cursory intrusion here and there subsequently on the boat. But his ‘faith’ plays a major role in enduring the unendurable.

  4. cberameshin   April 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Like Mr.Twig…..Life of Pi wasn’t appealing to me too. I don know which aspect of the book makes everyone say its wonderful. If it was the twist, then I’ve read similar twists in lots of other novels too. The Religious Stuffs and the Faithfullness of the boy….I felt the explanation was sort of redundant or over explained…..

    I don think so, the book was worthy to have won the Booker or Whatever Prize it won. If u could make an elaborate review and convince that its the most worthiest or of that sort, I look forward for that….. Responds:

    You write: I don know which aspect of the book makes everyone say its wonderful.

    The book was a wonderful feat of imagination (even if borrowed from Max e os Felinos).

    How can a novel featuring an account of a shipwrecked 16-year-old Indian boy adrift on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a 400-pound Bengal tiger, an Orungutan, a Zebra and a hyena for company not be an exhilarating ‘wild’ ride.

    Sorry, there were no ‘item numbers’ in the book. 😉

  5. shadowfax_arbit   April 29, 2010 at 4:28 am

    So what is the answer? Responds:

    One clue – Richard Parker. 😉

    If you plan to read the book, don’t look for the answer because it’s more interesting in the flowing context of the story.

    Amazing book by a Canadian author of an Indian boy.

    Set partly in Pondicherry.

  6. Ganesh Kumar   May 1, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I’m reading this book now. Responds:

    Being a movie buff you surely know that Ang Lee (of Brokeback Mountain and and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame) is making a movie based on the book.


    Suraj Sharma as “Pi” Patel
    Shravanthi Sainath as Pi’s Girlfriend
    Tabu as Pi’s mother
    Adil Hussain as Pi’s father
    Irrfan Khan as the adult “Pi” Patel


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