Breaking the barriers to reach our full potential

S. M. Rayhanul Islam
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


Vango Durdoshar Chakra by Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Published by Quantum Foundation, 2017, Pages: 126, ISBN: 978-984-34-2351-1


Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed is a prolific writer, popular teacher, renowned television presenter, leading social activist and successful organizer in contemporary Bangladesh. He has dedicated his life for making Bengali literature popular to the young people of the country. A pioneer in popularizing “reading books” among the children and youth, Abdullah Abu Sayeed is very well known for his eloquent speeches. His sense of humor and ways of joking could never be forgettable. Moreover, his optimistic and positive attitude towards life and universe is always a great source of inspiration for new generation to overcome the cycle of barriers. In his book “Vango Durdoshar Chakra”, Abdullah Abu Sayeed attempts to provide his readers with invaluable tools to break the cycle of negativity and to reach their full potential.


The book is mainly a collection of 10 talks about various life-oriented topics as well as social issues (i.e. fear, failing, ageing, negativity, positive attitude, inner power, enlightened life, voluntary blood donation, working for people and community etc.) given by the author during the last one and a half decades in various occasions of Quantum Foundation. It also contains two exclusive interviews of Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed where he talks about diverse chapters of his life including university life, literary movement in the 60s, experiences of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (World Literature Centre) and other organizations, and so on.


We have dreams for our life, yet it can sometimes feel impossible to make them real. We might know what to do and even how to do it, but taking action requires courage — the ability to withstand fear, humiliation, and discomfort. We are habituated from childhood to avoid unpleasant feelings. The author shows us how to identify and move the obstacles that challenge us from reaching our full potential and fulfilling our dreams. Our mind is always obsessed with the fear of failures. But, failures can be seen as lessons that will only allow us to get better if we learn from our mistakes. Abdullah Abu Sayeed gives an example: “When a car goes up a hill, we can say symbolically that it is progressing. But when it descends, do we say it’s going backwards? No, because the wheels are still going forward. The car must come down, so it can go up another hill.”


One of the most important steps we can take towards achieving our greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor our attitude and its impact on our work performance, relationships and everyone around us. Professor Sayeed talks about both ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ attitudes. He mentions ‘negativity’ or ‘negative attitude’ as a ‘fallacy’ which can have a strong and sometimes devastating impact on all aspects of our life. Negativity drains us of energy and keeps us from being in the present moment. The more we give in to our negative thoughts, the stronger they become. On the contrary, a positive attitude helps us cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. With a positive attitude, the author believes, we see the bright side of life, become optimistic, work for the betterment of the society, and expect the best to happen.


Abdullah Abu Sayeed’s dedication to reignite the passion for reading books among the youth led him to found the “Bishwo Shahitto Kendro” in 1978. Needless to say, through this centre Sayeed has contributed immensely to create an enlightened generation.  But, as a social activist, he is very much aware that in an era of moral degradation and social unrest, many of our young people are passing a critical situation at the moment. Due to lack of confidence and frustration, they have forgotten to realize their full potential. Abdullah Abu Sayeed’s book “Vango Durdoshar Chakra” is a quest for awakening the inner power of the youth to break the self-created barriers in order to reach the full potential. The book deserves wide readership.


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