Three cups of tea, awaiting spring….


It has been a while since I bought a book from a book store. The fact that Borders offers a glimpse into the first few pages, online, has made it one less reason to visit a book store, although I would still prefer to sit beside a wall of books, pick out one at random, and read for hours. So when I entered Borders (the store) a week back, I felt a sudden urge to raid the place. The result – I had to take a cab back home, unable to carry the four bags of books I managed to purchase, after five hours and walk in the cold!!

Back to the title, Three cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, was one of the books I picked up from the store. It must have been the Persian quote – “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars” – in the beginning of the first chapter or perhaps the quote at the back of the book – “Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan), we drink three cups of tea to do business, the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend and the third, you join the family.”, that lead me to buy this. But I must admit, it has been an intriguing experience, reading the very little that I have managed so far.

The book is about a man whose failed attempt to scale the Karakoram ranges, known to be the toughest to scale, saw him lose his way on the route back and end up in a small village at the foot of the mountains. His experiences there and how he managed to get back to setup schools in a place where children used twigs and muddy grounds to learn to write their first alphabets, forms the gist of this real-life tale.

However, the style of writing caught me off-guard towards the middle (in fact thats where I am right now), where a crisp yet dreamy flow suddenly got taken over by a factual narration. I guess that is usually the case with all the books authored by more than one person, this being my first.

Drifting away from the teas, it has been a rather the dry patch, the last couple of weeks, with work consuming a rather unimaginably large chunk of the bandwidth. So while I wait for Spring to get back, here is a shot on the current status – dry and grounded.

Dry and Grounded

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~ by Niranjan Nandakumar on February 22, 2009.

5 Responses to “Three cups of tea, awaiting spring….”

  1. Holy Mother of God ! You had to hail a cab ?! Best of luck finishing all of them 😀

  2. lol 😀 i love the picture though…

    and how old are u to get such a status: here is a shot on the current status – dry and grounded.
    rotf 😀

  3. @Xeres … I guess I need to take a break before I go bankrupt 🙂

    @Alice .. 😀 lets just say not old enough to be grounded permanently… call it a break! he he.. Thanks!

  4. first thing- u read my blog regularly yet u havent added me on ur blogroll 😀

    second thing- why dont u have a tag bubble or something so that readers can browse ur blog thro topics?

    third thing- mondays have gone by but the shades of a freaking monday blue are still there in my eyes… sheeesh! i cant even work…! 😀

  5. Well .. I dont use the blogroll anymore to track blogs.. use google reader instead 🙂 And the tags – well I lost all the tags once when I moved the blog here from my previous location … so didnt have the patience to have them back again. he he…

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