Becoming by Michelle Obama

Reviewed By Aarushi Khandelwal, Batch of 2025, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai

“Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child- What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”

-Michelle Obama, Becoming

Becoming is the memoir of former United States first lady Michelle Obama, published back in 2018. It talks about the overall personality formation, life at the White House, charity work, motherhood and other crucial as well as trivial aspects of Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama has arisen as one of the most famous and convincing ladies of our period. She made the most inviting and inclusive White House ever, setting up herself as an amazing advocate for ladies and young ladies around the planet, drastically changing the manners in which that families seek after better and more dynamic lives, and remaining with her husband as he drove America through a portion of its most nerve-wracking minutes.

With unerring genuineness and energetic mind, she represents her victories and her failure, both public and private, revealing to her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and on her own terms. Michelle Obama portrays her biography, from her childhood in South Side Chicago, to her schooling at Princeton and Harvard, to meeting and wedding President Barack Obama. She further portrays the Obamas’ eight years in the White House, disclosing how she figured out how to shuffle bringing up kids with issues of state, while likewise keeping her brand name self-control and composure during challenging times.

This would be a galvanizing read for everyone, especially the budding sprouts of our society because it tells us how to deal with our own imperfections, the one flaw which we try to hide and despise.

In the book, Michelle Obama herself vocalises her own flaws as she admits how she organised her time as a young professional with the precision of a ‘tight and airless piece of origami’ until Barack came ‘like a wind that threatened to unsettle everything.’ The next lesson to learn is building an unshattered self-confidence.

It’s the best to block everything which risks your confidence, this doesn’t mean becoming over-confident and losing the vision of practicality. Michelle’s advice concerning developing self-confidence, it is all about your mindset and believing in yourself first. The third take away from the book which is recommended, find a career you love. Reconnoitre, consider, question, solve each and every potential opportunity or direction of the area/niche which interests you and follow it.

Follow your own passion, pursue it, don’t let your career become a burden of your life and just a source of earning. It has to be a line of profession/art/field which interests you and doesn’t exhaust you. In her memoir, a work of profound reflection and hypnotizing narrating, Michelle Obama welcomes readers into her reality, chronicling the encounters that have shaped her – from her adolescence on the South Side of Chicago to her years as a chief adjusting the requests of parenthood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most renowned location.

I value the book’s scrupulousness and legitimacy, as Michelle Obama opens up about her hesitancy about Barack running for office, their fertility issues and her poise. It feels like you are having an extended 1-one-1, tête-à-tête with the lady herself because of the genuineness of the book which makes it an easy read.

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