Alam is walking back and forth for a while in front of the shop. He wanted to buy something for his wife. It's not long he got married to the beautiful girl he's ever seen.
He is a dark skinned man. People would make fun of him that he got married to purnima(Full Moon) while he is amavasya(New moon). He never minded about that. It actually feels good to hear that.
Having a wife that others are jealous of.
He knows if he buys any cosmetic, it will look good on her. But he has a soft corner for lipstick. He knows what color will suit her the most. He could imagine it in her lips.
He is actually in front of the best cosmetic shop in Gulshan.
He was watching the Red lipstick for a while. He is just afraid to ask the price. He went inside looked around for a while and came out. He knows it will be expensive. But he has money today.
A one hundred taka note. He's been saving it for a while. He works in construction. He is a day laborer so he doesn't always have this kind of money.
The shopkeeper is watching him for a while. But he is not paying any attention.
Somehow they know who will buy and who will just fantasize about it and give up to the reality that's it's just luxury to them.
He has had given up few times but every time he imagines her face with that lipstick he can feel it's worth it. This time he goes straight and ask the shopkeeper, "how much is it?" .
He falls from the sky. How can a single lipstick can be 100tk. He doesn't have any choice but to give up now. He should just buy some cheaper lipstick. It will be fine.
The color should be the same. Who can pick up the differences. He consoles himself all the way possible. He walks away.
He can't forget her face with that lipstick. He wanted to try one last time. If he says no he won't sad about it then. It won't be his fault.
-Can i have it in 80?
The shopkeeper do some guygui(bargaining for bit extra) but in the end he accepts the money. He couldn't be more happier. He is going straight to home now.
He is imagining how happy she will be when she sees this. She will be so surprised. It gives joy to Alam. The thoughts, it's not a fantasy anymore.
Hazera is so excited today. She's been in unrest the whole day. Doing all the work she has to do. Finishing it all up. She doesn't know when will he get home. He only comes home once in a month.
It's pretty big deal to her. She has to finish everything and get ready for him. She wants to do some make-up today. She doesn't have much though.
It's almost sunset when Alam get off the bus. It look longer than he expected. He goes straight to meet his mom. It's been taking long to get out of her room.
He knows Hazera is waiting in the room.
Alam enters the room quietly and sees Hazera is sleeping. She must have been waiting for a long time and fell asleep. Because he can see her new saree(South Asian dress).
Surprisingly she is wearing lipstick too. The same color he bought. She is looking more beautiful than he imagined she would. There is no gift wrappings for poor people like Alam.
He takes out the lipstick from his pants and goes to put it in the table. and there was the same lipstick there. Same brand and all. Hazera opens her eyes and smile seeing him.
She is shy too for falling asleep in the evening. He could only ask where did you buy the lipstick from? "my uncle gave it to me. He bought it from the hut(local market held once a week).
It's quite expensive. Took him 10tk to bought it". He burst out in laughter and shows the lipstick he bought for her for 80tk and now she joins too.
Soon after knowing, everyone else joins in the laughter. Even after 40 years Hazera remembers about the lipstick even though she had two of them at once.