Actress Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan, the newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS,
says motherhood has kept her extremely busy for the past year
and she hasn't had much time to miss being in movies.
The 38-year-old actress said she feels "blessed" to have
her daughter, 10-month old Aaradhya in her life and feels that
she will be "gushing for the rest of my life" over her.
Motherhood is "bliss like I have never experienced. Each
passing day you feel blessed with such joys," Aishwarya told
She said children are a blessing from god and motherhood
is an experience which is tough to define. "It is wonderful,
beautiful, glorious. I can't find the perfect adjective for
it," she said.
Having been away from the movies for over two years now,
Aishwarya said she has not had the time to miss her movie
career as motherhood has kept her extremely busy.
"I have not even felt the time fly by. Any mother would
know that you have no concept of day or night. Time just flies
by, there is so much going on. I have no idea how the last 10
months have flown by. 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," Aishwarya said.
The former Miss World, who has been associated with
various social causes ever since she won the Miss World title
in 1994, will now work as the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador and
help the agency meet its goal of eliminating new HIV
infections among children by 2015.
She had a packed day in New York, appearing at the United
Nations with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe,
participating at a panel discussion with fellow Goodwill
Ambassador actress Naomi Watts at the Yale Club here and then
meeting India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep
Aishwarya said she was approached by the UN ten years ago
to work with it on select causes but she decided to put it on
hold as she was busy with the movie projects then.
"I feel I can focus on the work of the UNAIDS today. As a
mother, I have taken time out from my career for the last 10
months. I can now plan my time ahead," she said.
Aishwarya said she does not see her association with
UNAIDS as a loss for the film industry and she will continue
to be an actor and brand ambassador for products.
"I am in the public eye, I am actor and brand ambassador
for products - that world will continue as and how I plan it.
I have not become a saint overnight and I have not renounced
the world. I intend to keeping my public work going on and
through that be able to redirect some of the energy into
Aishwarya, who had aspired to be a doctor, said
healthcare has always been extremely important to her and
feels that a lot of work needs to be done in a country like
India in the area of healthcare for women and their children.
"Even though women in India are immensely empowered, they
are still socially shy and reluctant to go through basic
medical check ups. I fear that women in India would still
somewhere believe that if you are infected with the HIV virus,
that is a death sentence," she said.
There is a need to educate women that despite being
infected with HIV, they can have healthy children and there is
medical help available for them.
"Women tend to put themselves last, health comes last on
their agenda but we need to tell them that if they are not
healthy they cannot take care of their family.
"There is so much work to be done. Along with UNAIDS I am
hoping that we can make the goal of having an entire
generation born free of HIV, possible by 2015. It will be
historic. It is not the only goal, there is work that needs
to be done for a long time to come," she said.