Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Sometimes, it’s the stories behind certain places that leaves an indelible impression on your mind. I love to hear such stories.

And this is one such story…

Ponds with water lilies are not a rare phenomenon in Kerala. But I really do not know what made me stop my vehicle and ask about that particular pond at Parassala, the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. I was on my way to Kanyakumari and the journey began from Thiruvananthapuram. 

Padmakumar Chettan, a local living in the area became curious when I started taking its pictures.

He came to me and said “ It’s called ‘ Thavalayilla Kulam’ (Ponds sans Frogs)." 

" What a curious name," I said.

" Yes, indeed," and he voluntarily started narrating the story behind it.

“ The story is old as well as interesting too,” he said. 

Marthanda Varma was ruling Thiruvananthapuram which was under the Kingdom, then called ‘ Travancore’.  He used to visit a temple which was near to this pond. The frogs in the pond were so fond of him that they would cry whenever the King left the temple and the place.

“ Just imagine, thousands of frogs crying at the same time,” he said with a little smile on his face and continued the story.

After some time, their pleading became too unbearable that somebody cursed the frogs - ‘Let there be no frogs in the pond '.

“ That’s it, and thus frogs ceased to exist in this pond and hence the name,” he concluded his little story with a sad face.

Wow! What an imagination?

But he couldn’t answer questions like who cursed the frogs? What was it called before?

Still, it’s a lovely little story, right..

I believe certain questions have to remain unanswered to make them more alluring. What do you think?

  • ‘Chettan’ – brother
  • Thiruvananthapuram – One of the districts in Kerala, the southernmost state of India.


KParthasarathi said...

We do not have to know the answers for all the questions that prop up from our minds.It is best they remain mysterious to lend some wonder and awe.

KParthasarathi said...

Yes,not all our questions are answered.Some remain unanswered adding to the mystical or mysterious nature of the incident or place.A nice read.

Shalet Jimmy said...

Thanks GP for stopping by

Dee said...

Dear Shalet, like you I enjoy knowing the story behind places and things. Myth can teach us so much--how to live and how to journey into oneself. And so this myth of the pond and the frogs and the curse invites me to reflect on what all that means in terms of how I respond to life. Thank you for sharing. Peace.

Haddock said...

I always liked to believe that behind every story there is a an element of truth.
By the way the mention of Marthanda Varma reminded me of some of the stories my grandfather used to tell, like why a particular bridge in Alleppey was built so high.

Shalet Jimmy said...

You are right, Haddock...Even I like to believe so. Thanks for stopping by..

Shalet Jimmy said...

Thanks Dee....

Haddock said...

Hey.... long time no post ?????