Friday, March 6, 2009

Three Cups of Tea, A book review

I have finally finished reading “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It is about Greg Mortenson’s inspiring story of how a failure trek to one of the most hostile mountain of the world, Mount Korakoram, brought him to a new path. A path where he conquered something more than climbing a mountain. A path which brought new life to the cold hidden villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan through the warm schools built with the help of Greg Mortenson.

It a very inspiring story of how one man’s quest to climb a mountain, to show respect to his passed away sister only brought him failure of summiting Mount Korakoram. But he found so much more when he got lost in his failed trek and landed on a hidden village of Korphe. His story began in this little village where he witnessed how children would gather in a in an open filled and tried their best to learn using only sticks for writing and mud for paper. This inspired this gentle giant to do more than just conquering the mighty Mount Korakoram.

I really don’t want to give away any details with this book for I do want you to read it as well. But here is what I learned through reading this book. Many of us don’t realize that in a lot of third world countries there are still children who never get educated. This book shows us to what extent children have to strive just for them to learn. Coming from a third world country as well I do know that education is the outmost tool for any poor stricken family to gain something more in life. I am aware that there many Filipino children trek for hours each day just to reach their schools. They are perfect examples of how children and family alike appreciate education. This book is a great inspiration not only to adults but to children as well to value in their education because somewhere in the world someone out there is longing to have his own pencil and paper and very eager to learn.

Aside from this notable message that this book conveys there is more to it than just a story of how Greg built up schools. The reason why it is entitled “Three Cups of Tea” because through taking three cups of tea Greg Mortenson has built not only schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan but he also built very valuable relationships with the people he met while doing his mission. Through these people he had learned something as well, and one important lesson he learned is HAPPINESS. For even though these villagers are poor, their spirits are very rich.

With this I want to share with you my favorite quote from the book;

He (Haji Ali) picked up his dog-eared, grease-spotted Koran and held it before the flames. “Do you see how beautiful this Koran is?” Haji Ali aksed.


“I can’t read it,” he said. “I can’t read anything. This is the greatest sadness in my life. I’ll do anything so the children of my village never have to know this feeling. I’ll pay any price so they have the education they deserve.”

Here was this illiterate man, who’d hardly ever left his little village in Korakoram” Mortenson says. “Yet he was the wisest I’ve ever met”

Please take time to read this book it will give you a lot of things to ponder on, and on how to value life itself.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela



The gentle giant, Greg Mortenson totally immersed with the children he dedicates to get educated.

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