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Life Without Limits

Inspirational is a good word to describe this book. Though it might be not enough word. Because it needs more than words to describe a Nick Vujicic, a man who goes from no limbs to no limits (as mentioned in his website).

Nick was born with a condition called phocomelia, which left him with no limbs on both hands and legs. Just by seeing him, you will know that life must be hard for him. He must be facing so many difficulties and limitation in his life. So how could he be so happy? How could he love this life so much?

That is actually what Nick tries to tell through the book. If he could be happy with his life, with the way he is, than everybody can too. And he share the how in the book.

Every single soul in this world were created with their own purpose. That’s the first point of this book. God created each of us with a certain details and conditions that will fit perfectly with what we were created for. God has a perfect plan for all of us. There’s no mistake or accident. It’s all meant to be. And it’s all meant to be good.

Realizing that, Nick manage to get out from his struggle in his younger age. He stop being depressed and start looking for the purpose of his life.

In his journey, he not just found, but also accept and love himself. He grows a lot of faith, he becomes full of hopes, and passionate in changing not only his own life but also lives of others.

By sharing his journey, and some amazing stories from amazing people, Nick inspire other people to believe. In themselves, in God and all the limitless possibilities that anyone could achieve in life.

Some of what he wrote in this book might not be a new thing. But “hearing” it from Nick makes me see it in a different way. It makes me feel it more, take it deeper in my heart and mind.

Nick reminds me to be thankful for what I have instead of being overly sad about what I don’t have. That behind every “limit” there are abilities. Behind every hardship there are strength and greatness that are waiting to be found. That there are beautiful life waiting for you if you never lose hopes and keep trying. That there’s always a way and the only thing that limit you is yourself and your own way of thinking.

You are special. Your life is a gift from God. It means something not just for yourself but also to the world, to the life of other people. God loves you and you should love yourself too.

I think everyone that is having a hard time right now, that is unhappy, desperate, feeling angry, even hate their lives should read this book. Also everyone that think that their lives are useless, pointless, or just wasting it out of ignorance and laziness. Or simply just everyone.

Here are some videos of Nick. See for yourself how wonderful he is. :)

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Life of Pi

Just like the title, this is a movie about the  life of an Indian boy named Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma) who chosed to be called Pi, after a series of mockeries he got with his real name.

Since he was a little kid, Pi’s been showing interest in God and the meaning of life. He’s exploring and even try to practice multiple religion, from his parents’ religion, Hindu, to Islam and Christianity. He feels that it’s the way to get closer to God. But not until his next miraculous  adventure that he really feels the existence and greatness of what he believes as the divine power of God.

The adventure started when he became the only human survivor of a shipwreck he was in. That ship were suppose to bring him and his family to Canada to start their new life there. Along with them they brought animals from their zoo to be sold to other zoos around the world to gain some money for the purpose.

He lost his father Santosh Patel (Adil Hussain), his mother Gita Patel (Tabu) and his brother Ravi Patel (Vibish Sivakumar) in the shipwreck. But apparently not all of the animal were drowned. Pi stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of Pasific Ocean with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a gigantic Bengal tiger.

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The hyena kills the zebra and the orangutan. The tiger kills the hyena. So there’s Pi, alone in the middle of the ocean, surviving not only from the live at the ocean itself but also the starving tiger named Richard Parker.

That is when the magic of the movie begin. And by magic I meant the amazing visual effects the movie has.

I don’t know much about visual effects techniques. All I know is the movie provides a stunning environment that looks  realistic but surreal at the same time.

The story is okay. But without the high class visual effects the movie will lost most of its marvels, if not all.

The never ending beauty of the sky and the ocean that reflected every beauty of it; hundreds of flying fish on the sky or glowing jellyfish that filled the ocean; the school of dolphins and the humpbacked whale; the carnivorous island that is fascinating yet scary; And the digitally made tiger. Yes, Richard Parker is not a real living animal. I was surprised when I first found out about this, because it looks so real.

In the movie we can see that this story was brought to us by the adult Pi Patel (Irrfan Khan) that was telling it to an Canadian author (Rafe Spall). The author came to Pi to hear a story that an Indian man he met before said will make him believe in God.

‘Life of Pi’ based on a best-selling novel by Yann Martel, adapted into screenplay by David Magee, and directed by Ang Lee won multiple awards including best original score by Mychael Danna. You can enjoy the music soundtrack here. It does add the magical atmosphere to the movie.

It’s a worth-to-watch-in-cinema kind of movie, even better in 3D. The magnificent visual effects will bring you closer to relate to how Pi feels during and after the adventure, nothing is impossible with God.