Aishwarya Rai deserves praise not critcism
The recent criticism of Aishwarya Rai by some Indian media is staggering.
They have said the actress and new mum is letting down her fans by not shedding the weight gained during her pregnancy fast enough.
How could anyone view this as valid criticism of a new mum, even one who is in the public eye as much as Rai?
A newborn requires constant attention, 24 hours a day.
The only way that Rai could return swiftly to her trim figure would be to hit the gym for hours on end. This would require handing over the care of her child to someone during key months when mother and baby are supposed to bond. I'm sure husband Abhishek Bachchan is around to help, however anatomy dictates that there are some things a man cannot do.
Of course, Rai is up against plenty of other celebs who did just that, for example Victoria Beckham.
Yet, you have feel these stars are sacrificing a lot for their careers. There will always be another record, another film or another fashion show. Put those early months of your child's life will only happen once.
And surely these celebrity mums are talented enough to still be in demand after a break of six months to a year? In some cases, perhaps not.
However, in the case of Rai, there is little doubt her fans will still be there and she should be receiving praise for putting her family first, not criticism.
Simon Pluckrose is Head of News at Al Sidra Media LLC, the publisher of 7DAYSinDubai.com, 7DAYSinAbuDhabi.com and 7DAYS newspaper