In Martel's Life of Pi, what life-changing decision does Pi's father make at the end of Part One?

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Due to India's political and financial instability during the mid-1970s, Pi's father decides that it is best to sell the Pondicherry Zoo and move his family to Canada. Mr. Patel can't sell all of the animals to one zoo in particular, though. He has to sell off different animals to different zoos, which turns out to be a huge international project. By the end of Part One, the Patel family, along with most of the zoo animals, boards the Japanese ship Tsimtsum on June 21, 1977. For the Patel family, they are not just moving; they are changing cultures. They are moving away from their ancestral country to a new home in an unfamiliar country. At the end of Part One, Pi says the following:

"I wildly waved goodbye to India. The sun was shining, the breeze was steady, and seagulls shrieked in the air above us. I was terribly excited.

"Things didn't turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it" (91).

Unfortunately, only Pi will survive the voyage and make it to Canada, which becomes an even more life-changing saga in the next part of the book.