The world stood up and applauded when on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine (Kate) walked out of London’s St Mary’s Hospital with their day-old baby, Prince George Alexander Louis in full media glare. The international media went gaga over how the new mum had no inhibitions coming out in public with her post-baby bump.
But what’s garnered more applause is how the proud parents happily ‘showed off’ their bundle of joy to the world, within a day after he was born — a stark contrast to Indian celebs, who are so secretive in such matters that we get to see their kids’ faces months, sometimes over a year after they are born.
Image consultant Prahlad Kakkar feels that it comes from the basic superstition of, nazar lagna, in India due to which celebs shy away from such matters. “Celebs hide their pregnancies in the first place, and you think they’ll show off their babies?” asks Kakkar. Agrees sociologist Dr. Mala Kapur Shankardass, “Superstition aside, celebs here are more careful than the ones in the West because of security issues. Celebs often have many enemies in the industry and there’s always a threat to their lives so it’s natural to be protective about their new borns.”
Mother of a small daughter, designer Ritu Beri feels that Kate’s choice of the outfit that made no attempt to hide her post-baby bump will also inspire many women to be more forthcoming after delivery. “It’s a sign of confidence and great power,” says Beri, adding. “We Indians give power to the negative forces rather than believing in our own positivity. We needlessly shy away from showing off our babies or the baby bumps.” Psychologist Avdesh Sharma feels that it roots from Indians being family-centric. “We believe that the private life is only for the family and not for public.”