Namrata went shopping with her husband Rohan and 10 year old daughter Siya. They proceeded towards the biggest mall in the city. First they went to a jewellery shop where she bought a pair of gold bangles.
Namrata went shopping with her husband Rohan and 10 year old daughter Siya. They proceeded towards the biggest mall in the city. First they went to a jewellery shop where she bought a pair of gold bangles. Then she did some window shopping and bought four tunics and two pairs of footwear. She visited the cosmetic shop and bought five lipsticks and three eyeliners of different shades. At the end, she bought a sling bag to complete the day's shopping. Tired, they sat down to have some snacks followed by ice cream.
"Mom, I didn't know you love shopping ! We have shopped like this for the first time", said Siya.
Namrata replied, "Yes dear. Today is the first time I've shopped like this."
She looked sternly at Rohan, who avoided her eyes.
Namrata's mind travelled back to the days when she was single. A good job in hand, she was not as carefree as girls of her age. She was a calculative person, but loved shopping like any other girl. Her wardrobe always adorned the latest - be it clothes, accessories, footwear or winter wear. She was also fond of buying gifts for her family. She believed in showing love.
Once married, she had to leave her job as her husband and in-laws didn't 'allow' her to work. This happened with almost every other girl, so at first this didn't bother her much.
Slowly she realised that Rohan treated her as a maid of the house - a person who does all the chores of the house, obeys everyone, satisfies him in bed, and who has no personal demands. A person who was not only financially independent, but also by independent by thoughts, suddenly felt like a slave.
She didn't complain, as at first she thought this happened with every girl. With time she realised the bitter side of her story. Whenever she would asked Rohan for something, he would say, "You already have enough. Why do you want to unnecessarily fill your cupboards ?"
When her daughter arrived, she was the happiest. She felt she now has someone to look forward to everyday. She vowed to be her best friend.
When her daughter Siya turned five, she discovered that Rohan was having an extra-marital affair. When confronted, he said that he was sorry and he won't repeat. She never brought this topic again though it never left her mind.
When Siya turned ten, she again discovered his affair. Enraged, she threatened to leave the house. But she saw Siya's innocent face, and decided to continue, but now, on her terms.
Rohan seemed to be sorry. He shed tears of guilt. But this time Namrata was strong. She said, "If you're really sorry, you'll pay me a lump sum amount every month. We have been married since twelve years, but I haven't seen a penny. And tomorrow, we go shopping."
Rohan agreed. Maybe he was afraid that Namrata would leak his secret. Maybe he feared she would leave him and Siya. Maybe this was just a price to keep her mouth shut.
Namrata shopped till she got tired. She shopped as if she had never shopped before. She shopped with a vengeance. She knew she'll never use whatever she shopped. She can never forget the occasion of shopping.
Shopping is a mood enhancer of every woman. And it definitely made her feel good.