Aishwarya Rai Bachchan vs Lara Dutta Bhupathi – battle of the bulge!

While new mummy Lara is almost back to being yummy, Ash seems to be in no hurry to lose her baby fat five months after her daughter was born

It comes as a shocking contrast. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had her baby five months ago and is reportedly busy enjoying every moment of motherhood, feeding Beti B – whose name, by the way, has still not been officially announced, though ‘Aaradhya’ is her registered moniker, we have heard all about changing nappies, making discreet appearances at various social dos and, at long last, getting back to her professional duties with a long pre-arranged date in Dubai. But what she has obviously not included in her daily routine, though we did hear something about it a while ago, is exercise. While she was happily and justifiably rotund before her baby was born, and nicely voluptuous right after that, she seems to be steadily gaining weight, if we judge by her recent portly self at the Femina awards and more recently at the event in Dubai.

Now even as we huff and puff our collective way through calorie busting at the gym, we must explain why we look so pointedly in Ash’s direction when we talk of being…err…fat, to put it bluntly. It is the contrast to other new mothers that we actually see when we visualize the younger Mrs B. After all, others like Lara Dutta Bhupathi, who is already almost back to her former svelte and sexy self, and style icons like Beyonce, who was always curvy, are shining examples of what is possible. Aishwarya may still look pretty even larger than we have ever seen her, but wethinks it is time that she gets back into some semblance of her pre-baby self, shapely and so worthy of being not just the huge star that she is, but also the health-conscious, healthy-living person she purports to be. Logic being that you cannot be a role model to generations of women if you roll instead of walk!