5 Life Lessons Every Woman can Learn from Aishwarya Rai

She won the Miss World pageant in 1994, was the first Indian actress to be a part of the jury of the Cannes film festival, has been the brand ambassador for Longines (an international watch brand) since 1999, was the first star from Bollywood to appear in the Rolling Stones magazine, she has been voted as the most attractive woman in countless surveys, and the list goes on and on. Do you need any more clues to guess this diva’s name? Yes, we are talking about none other than Aishwarya Rai Bachchan!

Her accomplishments in the field of fashion, cinema, social work and promoting Bollywood at an International level have been tremendous. Not only this, but the way she handles her professional commitments along with her family commitments is also worth an applaud. Here is a deeper insight into her life and the lessons we can learn from her.

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Never fear failure

When Aishwarya entered Bollywood, she faced quite a lot of criticism and her films flopped one after the other. But this motivated beauty did not lose hope. The year 1999 entered in her life with her biggest commercial acclaim, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. She won a Filmfare for Best Actress that year. Even with all the successes and many more failures that followed her from there on, Aishwarya never allowed either to reach her head. As she said in a Filmfare interview, “I'm not the type who'll yell about my achievements from the rooftops.”

When she faced failures in her professional, was being criticised for her fashion sense and aggressively touted for her love life, Aish has quoted, “I'm following the Buddhist principle: Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass.”

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Keep your personal life strictly personal

Since the very beginning, Aishwarya remained very quiet when it came to her personal (read: love) life. Be it her ‘abusive’ relationship with Salman Khan or the one with Vivek Oberoi. In her own words she says, “I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.”

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Taking on risks and challenging boundaries

Aishwarya has always been in for trying different things in life. Not only in Bollywood, but she has also made her presence felt in the other Indian film industries as well, like Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. This diva has made a mark in Hollywood too by being a permanent face at the Cannes Film Festival and signing on Hollywood projects.

Aishwarya has done a lot of different and challenging roles in her movies, and has always stood by her decision. Here is what she has to say, "I have never pursued ordinary roles. From the start I've searched for challenges as an actress. That remains unchanged."

Being a hands-on mother

When Aishwarya turned 33, she thought of it to be a suitable time to settle down in life. Aishwarya got married to actor Abhishek Bachchan on April 20, 2007, and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aaradhya, on November 16, 2011. The dotting mother immediately left all her professional commitments as soon as she conceived. She carried on her responsibilities as the perfect mother and gave all her time and attention to her new-born. Here is what this mother has to say about mnotherhood, "I want to be with my daughter all the time. That is the choice I have made. It is my personal choice and I love being with her. She is my angel." Don't Miss: Bollywood Celebs who Got Lucky After Marriage

Baby comes first always
Aishwarya’s pregnancy weight gain sure raised a few eyebrows. The media wrote many unflattering things about her, but she did not allow it to affect her. She hit back ... more 
Baby comes first always
Aishwarya’s pregnancy weight gain sure raised a few eyebrows. The media wrote many unflattering things about her, but she did not allow it to affect her. She hit back strongly stating that her angel, Aradhya was her priority. In an interview with Anupama Chopra, she went on to state that, “Weight gain can happen at any point in time and it is something that you are dealing with anyway and it is ok. It is not the outside that defines who you are.” So do not let any nasty comments affect you. Take care of your baby first and ensure that your bundle of joy is healthy and happy. less 
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Balancing work life and personal one

It is only recently that she took on her work responsibilities again. Not only this, even in her other roles, Aishwarya continues to be the epitome of the traditional Indian daughter-in-law and a loving and supporting wife. She even takes her daughter along wherever she had to go for her work-related commitments, be it brand endorsements or appearence at Cannes. She says, “Even prior to marriage and motherhood, it's always been about prioritising and focusing on what you can commit to. That's been my approach to every aspect of my life, be it my relationships or my professional commitments.”


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There are a lot of things about this diva that many women find inspiring. Aishwarya has maintained a dignified status as a daughter, daughter-in-law, wife, mother and above being a woman. She certainly is the complete woman in every sense. And, her fans are surely waiting to see her back on the silver screen. On her birthday (November 1), we wish Aishwarya only the best for her future always!