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Three Cups of Tea written by David Oliver Relin along with GregMortinson recounts a period in the life of a mountain climber amountain climber whose failed attempt at the most difficult peak in theworld put him in contact with a little old illiterate man living in themountains in Pakistan who would forever remind that mountain climber howmuch he did not understand Three Cups of Tea exposes what this climberfrom america came to understand about what he saw in Pakistan anddelivers these lessons to the rest of the world through an exciting andengaging narrative Coming down from his first and only attempt at summiting K2 thesecond highest mountain in the world Greg Mortinson found himself inKorphe small farming village in northeastern Pakistan Here he met HajiAli the village nurmadhar chief In Korphe Greg was especially struckby what he saw of the childrens school an area of fairly level groundwhere the children would practice what they had learned by copying itdown in the dirt with sticks They would go days before the teacherKorphe shared with a neighbouring village would return for the nextlesson Relin Mortinson 2006 p 32 Inspired to do some good hepromises to return with a school This initiates what will become hispassion for many years to come aiding in the education of Pakistani andlater Afgani children primarily through the building of schools HajiAli would become his mentor through the early days of his foundationthe Central Asia Institute CAI and provide guidance as Greg set outto do his part to change the world Relin puts Gregs story down on paper shifting constantly between athird person telling of what Greg experienced in Pakistan and brieffirst person statements from Greg and others whom he encountered on hisjourney The method seems to indicate that moments where the storyswitches from Relins telling of a story based on what happened todirect quotations collected from the
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