Pi describes the one time that both Mr. Kumar 1 the atheist biology teacher met Mr. Kumar 2 the Muslim baker. One day they met Pi at the zoo and Pi showed them the animals. They were both fascinated by the beautiful Grant’s zebra, which neither had seen before. One Mr. Kumar praised the beauty of nature, while the other Mr. Kumar thanked God.
The Mr. Kumars come together in a symmetry that shows Pi’s two great passions – zoology and religion – and how he is able to reconcile these two within his own personality. The two Mr. Kumars equally influence Pi.