Sunday, August 7, 2011

Three Cups of Tea

I have been trekking every year in Himalaya since 2005, and have seen many small villages situated way far from the cities or towns we generally know. We always meet people who come with us as porters or guides and who are always willing to help others boundlessly, inspite of the rough lives they are living as compared to people's lives in 'developed' cities. When we talk to them, asking about their family and what everyone in the family does, their eyes sparkle when they talk about their children or grandchildren learning in school in their village or somewhere else. When we talk to the kids in a village, they are always excited about talking about schools and what they would like to do when they grow up. It has always felt good to know that the children in such remote areas are getting education as well, although I still wonder if they get enough education to improve their lives or not. 

Point of writing all this is, recently I read a good book, Three Cups of Tea, about an American, Greg Mortenson, who went to climb K2 and found a noble thing to do for the rest of his life. The book tells a story about how he started and succeded building schools in the remote villages in Karakoram, Pakistan, in a hope to promote Peace Through Education and in the years of working there, met with the people that are willing to help him in every way they can, to give education to their generations to come...