Life of Pi and Dinner at The Dhaba
20th Century Fox/ Heather Hoch Life of Pi and The Dhaba go hand in hand this week.
While a jumbo tub of hot buttered popcorn is one of our most frequently indulged guilty pleasures, we think a good movie deserves a little better company than junk food. Try out our movie and meal pairings for yourself or feel free to suggest one of your own favorites in the comments.
The Movie: Life of Pi
The Meal: The Dhaba
Life of Pi
Yann Martel's Life of Pi has to be one of the most over-gifted books in the history of bestsellers. We didn't read it when we got it and eventually traded it in for another novel at Changing Hands after a year or two on the bookshelf.
Basically, a man named Pi Patel tells this harrowing tale to a writer interested in making it into a novel. Pi insinuates that this story will make you believe in god(s) again or for the first time, depending on how you feel about god(s) currently. The story is of his childhood growing up in a zoo (literally) and when his family decides to move from India to Canada to try to make a better life for themselves.
Fatefully, they opt to ride across the Pacific on the freight ship that's conveniently also sending their animals to North America. A crazy storm sinks the ship and Pi and some animal friends are the only survivors on a small lifeboat.
Survival of the fittest takes its course and the hyena eats the zebra and orangutan and the tiger, named Richard Parker, eats the hyena. The odd thing is, and maybe this is just the animal lover in me, we felt more for the orangutan getting picked apart by the cackling canine than any of Pi's very lovely family members drowning on the boat.
Anyways, Pi and Richard Parker drift along on the ocean on the verge of starvation and killing each other for many days, tripping out and seeing some crazy glowing jellyfish. After washing ashore in Mexico 227 days later, Pi has to alter his story to make it more palatable for logical thinkin' folk. But which is the better story? Which story is the true story? Does believing the "logical" over the "fanciful" tale define you as a person?
Although Ang Lee's take on the book was visually stunning, with some exceptions to cheesy GCI effects, the forced sense of spirituality and the promise of a rekindling of faith fell short. However, we knew our faith in the Dhaba wouldn't be betrayed.