Author: Hemalatha Gnanasekar
Publisher: Kalpaz Publications
Cover : 1.5/5
Title : 2.5/5
Blurb : 2.5/5
Story : 3/5
Theme : 3/5
Characters : 4/5
Overall : 2.5/5
- Priya- The protagonist
- Vikram- Priya’s son
- Vijay- Priya’s boss and Vikram’s father
This novel deals with the problem of sexual abuse at the workplace. But the irony is that most of the victims bear the wrongdoings silently. As a result, they find themselves unable to develop healthy relationships for fear of trusting anyone. Filled with depression, they ultimately turn out to be loners. Yet there are quite a few who stop dwelling on their bitter past and come to terms with their life. Priya is one such character. She is sexually exploited at her workplace and gets pregnant. Unable to bear the shock, her mother passes away with heart attack. She is devastated but she does not lose courage and decides to move on. The novel narrates how she gives birth to her son and brings up him comfortably. But life brings her again face to face with the man who had ruined her life. Now,Vijay is a devastated man having lost his family in the Tsunami. He pleads with her to forgive him but Priya is not willing to even see his face. However, one fine day, he comes to see her with a priceless gift.Does this gift change Priya’s mind?
“The Priceless Gift” touches upon the sensitive topic of sexual abuse at workplace. It all starts during Priya’s vacations after her 12th std exam. Her mother feels that instead of wasting time in front of the T.V., Priya could work at the same place where her mother works and be of some help in earning bread for the family as Priya’s father had died at a young age. Excited about going for a job and earning money, Priya joins the very next day. Circumstances lead to her sexual abuse and her unwell mother dies when she is unable to seek justice for her daughter. All alone in this world, Priya gives birth to Vikram so that she has someone to call of her own. She leaves the city hoping to go away from the place and person who has been so harsh to her. She starts afresh and has to take up a job which might otherwise be shameful to tell others about. She raises her son in the best way she can and his success once again brings Priya to her hometown, also face to face with the person because of whom she had to face such hardships in life. That person, Vijay, has already payed for his Karma. The climax is a bit unexpected and will leave you deep in thoughts.
The script on the whole seems disoriented or disconnected at times. Incidents could have been arranged in a better way for proper flow. Multiple jumps between past and present and also within past events left the script seem like the first draft of the story.
Nothing extraordinary, fine read. (2.5/5)
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