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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mayank Mohan Upadhyay says the letter in THE THIRD LEVEL is real

The Third Level
“THE LETTER IS REAL”

Have you seen Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone starrer Hindi movie “Karthik calling Karthik”? It resembles with this story to a great extent.

Of course, the letter was real. It really did exist.

Charley was an ordinary man, who was fed up with all kinds of tensions and worries that plagued his heart. So, he wanted to escape from reality.

He imagined that he was successful in escaping. The intensity of his wish to break free was so high, that he got to believe that it was a reality. In real sense, it was mere a creation of his mind. Thus, the third level was born and existed only in Charley’s psyche.

Human mind is a strange thing. Charley’s mind was divided into two parts. One, that Charley controlled, and other, which controlled Charley. Actually, Charley was ignorant himself of the fact that it was his own creation. Hence, from one part of his brain, he was normal. When the other part of mind made him visualize the third level then Charley felt it to be real. And he wanted to tell others about his experience. He told everyone something, which they found hard to digest.

The dominating part of mind, which was the mother of that unreal world, wanted to make others believe it. Hence, it instructed Charley to tell everyone that there was a psychiatrist named Sam, who said it was just his ‘waking dream wish fulfillment’.

By this, the mind wanted to make others trust that, if Charley talks differently, then at least there existed a person named Sam, who was stable, because Sam said those words, which they had expected and hence they agreed. The mind also instructed Charley to write a letter on the paper, which was inside an envelope of his Grandfather’s first day cover collection, under Sam’s signature.

Moreover, the dominating part of mind made Charley to go and buy more old style currency. Hundreds of people come and go to a shop. How’d a shopkeeper remember who had bought what? He paid the bill under the name Sam.

Many times, when we place a key somewhere and forget, then our sub-conscious mind tells us where to look at, for it. Isn’t it? Like this, when Charley became normal again, i.e., when he gained back control, he saw that mail and was surprised. Also, he went to the shop to find ‘Sam’ had bought old style currencies. His dictating part of mind asked him to do both these tasks. And Charley felt that it was a calling from his sub-consciousness.

Therefore, Charley was himself forced to accept as true that Sam reached that level.

Again he told one and all. They could have easily denied Charley, saying he was crazy. But the mind firstly proved, through Charley, that Sam was an even person. Next, the mind made Sam, the center of scenario. And hence, all were choiceless but to accept that third level was reality.

Nowhere in the story is it mentioned that Sam met anyone personally. Only possibility was at the shopkeeper’s, but it was none other than our Charley.

Hence, the letter was real, all else was just a fake….

---by MAYANK MOHAN UPADHYAY, XII-B, KV,AFS,YELAHANKA

Mayank is very creative. I see a future poet and writer in him. I'm proud to have him as my student.

8 comments:

Mayank said...

Thank You is such a small word for you from my side, sir.
You are indeed the first person in my life who understood my words...
A Thank You From My Heart To Yours'
--------MU

farheen said...

well good explanation...
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farheen said...

I feel letter never exited ....but only imagination ;;;;;;;;;;;

sushmitha said...

thank u sir for writing when we read at once we cannot understand it better by reading this summary we can understand it better.thank u so much sir.
will u put other tuff lessons summary sir will u plz sushmitha frm donimalai ur student

akshatha said...

amazing!!!but hw come d character sam doesnt exist?even charley's wife was aware bot charleys prob....n by takin so much of effort in writng d letter n buyin old currency,hw was he benefitted???wats d point n strugglin 2 make odrs beliv bot third level wen t doesn realy help him?plz sir clarify my doubts......i guess dese silly doubts.plzzzzz......

vinni said...

santosh, I think it is stretching it a bit too thin to agree with Mayank; not that i don't admire him,he has good vision and aptitude. I wud like to take the story as part of magical realism in literture- you know wher everything is possible; like in Marques, the girl crying over her her lost love while making the wedding cake for her erst while lover and cake turning sour and all at wedding party vomitting and all. but Mayank sure is interesting- he rather makes Charlie a mental case

shobha said...

Cool...
Written in a very effective manner....

$ SHUCHITHA SHARMA $

Ritzy said...

Thank u so much for this review. It was really helping.. (: