Study Guide

Three Cups of Tea Chapter 6

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Chapter 6

Rawalpindi's Rooftops at Dusk

  • Mortenson wakes up in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
  • Abdul, the hotel's chokidar, arranges a cab for Mortenson so he can go buy cement.
  • The taxi zips along the Grand Trunk Road to Taxila, where they wander around until they buy some Fauji cement.
  • On the way back, Mortenson's shalwar rips, so Abdul takes Mortenson to a tailor to make him nice new clothes.
  • The tailor teaches Mortenson how to pray, and Mortenson is comically bad at it—"We do not appear before Allah like a man waiting for a bus" (6.48), the tailor corrects him.
  • The next day, Mortenson goes through the process of buying lumber and manages to get a good deal.
  • His clothes are ready, so he tries them on and they look good.
  • For some reason, the tailor and Mortenson then walk "arm in arm" (6.83) down to a gas station to wash, pray, and fart. (We're serious. There's farting.)
  • Mortenson admires the unity of the men at prayer and he wonders where his journey will lead him next.