Book review of a memoir I count as an important read- Becoming by Michelle Obama
Becoming by Michelle Obama is a memoir which holds in its pages her life as a competitive child, a Princeton and Harvard graduate, as a mother, wife and the First Lady (FLOTUS). It is interesting to know about the couple’s journey into politics coming from a fairly simple non-political family background. Becoming is a compilation of Michelle Obama’s thoughts. Hers and only hers. It is about her struggles, vulnerability and her coming to terms with a new life. I have always liked Michelle Obama, since years now. But this book took my likeness for her to a new found level of love and admiration. I precisely don’t know how to proceed with this review but I am going to try nevertheless.
With a status-quo comes responsibilities, fame and the sense of immense subjection to the world as self and family. With every action being taken, every word being said and every movement being guarded the pressure to do things right can be strenuous. Michelle Obama doesn’t try to curb her fears and worries when she talks about their life in the White House. She expresses happiness and remorse without a filter of words. The initiatives they took were thoughtful and driven by compassion. It showed the future they prospected together, the Obama’s. She kept herself in the forefront at a lot of places, voicing herself out fearlessly and at times was an epitome of support that his husband needed while fighting for the presidency, not in the backdrop but by his side.
I loved this book to bits. It told me - Michelle Obama is so much like us and yet so different. Her normalcy intact under her social strata as FLOTUS. Her motherly instincts and worrisome wife thoughts do not lurk behind that title. Her musings are one which every woman comes across. When given a platform she made sure to put it to use addressing the problems that required addressal.
Exceptionally written and worded, Do read it to know how first and foremost you are a person of your thoughts stripped naked of your bulky titles. And when you transform there are some things which do not get changed in the journey.
An important memoir I’d recommend.