Ponicherry, Pi's hometown, shapes much of his life experiences. First of all, the zoo there is run by his father. This gives Pi the experience needed with animals to survive his long journey. Observing the animals also allows him to deal with the events and people in his life. Ponicherry also has multiple cultures and religions to influence his development. Pi was very spiritual with a multitude of different beliefs from different religions. Education was available to him that furthered his knowledge of the world and people. Many of his relatives also lived there and were a source of learning to him.