Mar 5, 2012

The Frogs of Our Lives





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Prince Charming does not, I repeat, does not exist. Neither does the Frog Prince.

There, I’ve said it. But you know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the story of the frog turning into a prince with true love’s kiss is actually metaphorical. Real-life frogs of a particular variety, the ‘good’ variety, can indeed transform into something nice, when and only when need be.

So allow me to present to you, a few important things that you need to know about frogs and good frogs, before you end up marrying them.


Girl Problems

You will be crying/PMSing/in the depths of depression/extremely irritable for a completely valid reason that all your girlfriends would get in a jiffy, yet said frog would be totally clueless as to what’s happening to you. He will start off by treating it as some sort of mechanical failure, trying to ‘fix’ it, and you. Wrong, wrong, wrong, right?

The Good Frog: After true love’s kiss and also after many educational sessions, this one can be trained to respond in a more appropriate manner during future breakdowns.

Presents and such

You will have started dropping hints about what you would like for a birthday/anniversary gift at the exact time that is not too late so he has time to shop, and not so early that he might end up forgetting about it. And yes, he will not forget what you said, but said frog will be too thick to get the hint. So after racking his brains about what to get you, he will finally buy something that you neither like nor can use.

The Good Frog: After seeing the disappointment you are trying to hide with a smile, Good Frog will slap his forehead, kick himself for not getting the hint and take you out to buy you what you really want. Yes, this is definitely a possibility after true love’s kiss.

Ahh, Housework…

The thing about most Indian frogs is that they’re spoilt silly by their moms. Also by a few aunts and cousins, who believe him to be the prince he never really transformed into. So in all possibility, he has never cooked, washed dishes, done laundry, cleaned his room, or done anything remotely related to physical labor at home.

The Good Frog: A few sessions of  ‘Perspective Cleansing’ later, said frog will realize that the ‘frogettes’ of his generation have pretty much been raised the same way – spoilt silly by their moms. A mutual understanding with regards to sharing of household responsibilities can be reached, once temper tantrums have given way to a mature conversation.

Romance, or Lack Thereof

Frogs can be pretty sneaky when it comes to their woo-powers. Actually, stingy is the right word. They will use these powers only to the exact amount needed to ‘pataofy’ (impress) a girl. After girl has fallen for the frog-charms, all romantic capabilities will vanish into thin air, faster than you can say Evanesco! More so, after the wedding bells have sounded. Tell me, what is a poor girl to do without some romance in her life?

The Good Frog: Despair not, my frogette sisters, for all hope is not lost when the Good Frog is around. After making sure that his ‘needs’ are met, it is easy to appeal to him with logic and reason that our needs are important as well. Said frog will then use the powers of Google to come up with romantic ideas and (after botching up a few things), will do something to our liking once in a while.


So there you have it, my two-cents about the Frogs of Our Lives. Of course, I will have several more points to add when little Froggitties come into the picture. Until then, I leave you to ponder some more over these little tidbits of frog-wisdom.



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32 comments:

  1. LOL
    Thoroughly enjoyed this post :)

    I can relate to the kiss of true love and frogs turning into princes part. Totally understand what you mean. :)

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  2. As much as I want to disagree and argue in favor of my ahem frog brothers, I will have to nod and agree.

    Its a see-saw the way I see it - the frogs probably have a similar long list of peeves they want reported against the frogettes.

    Funny one, made my monday morning.

    Cheers :)

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    1. Hehe, I'm sure there would be several peeves that frogs have against frogettes too. In fact, I can list a few myself :D Glad you liked the post, AS, and glad you agree with it :)

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  3. That was such a cute post, sumitra. Your tidbits on frog wisdom are indeed enlightening. :D
    I can totally relate to the fact that 'frogettes' are also spoilt silly by their moms. Suffice to say the only times I've stepped into the kitchen are to help Amma by checking if her latest recipes have turned out alright :D

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    1. Thanks so much Sruthi. Yeah, us girls have been pretty much raised the same way as boys have. A lot of people don't recognize this fact :)

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  4. :D I can only hope that in ten years, my froggie will transform into good froggie every time I choose to True Love Kiss him :)

    SUCHA cute post, Madame :)

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    1. Thank you so much PeeVee! I'm sure he will make the transformation, your kiss is bound to be so powerful ;)

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  5. haha! Good frogs make a great transformation from princes to great husbands! Because they are ready to take the suggestions given by us and not ignore them..Bad frogs obviously choose to turn a blind eye to it ..Liek your thought process :)

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  6. lol! I really loved the way you wrote... its such an interesting read I hope I get to marry a good frog... after a long wait i don't want to be disappointed with a bad frog ... :D

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    1. Thanks, Single Girl! By the way, I need a name to address the comments to, girl! Makes no sense replying to 'Rambling Of a Single Girl in The City' I was never really good at coming up with nicknames, so why don't you give me one? :) Oh, and I'm sure you'll land yourself a very good frog.

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  7. fortunately a 'good frog' landed in my life! cute post!

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  8. LOL! Loved this post.. yes 'good frogs' can be trained to become better frogs with time. And patience. Lots of it!
    The last point was the highlight! And so so true!

    ♥ www.thegirlatfirstavenue.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Chandana. Yeah, the last point is kind of like a universal truth with all guys, isn't it?

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  9. Well Said, Sumitra! Was in UK, about 10 yrs ago, when I saw TV hosts discussing how misleading Fairy Tales are and the significant contribution of these childhood fantasies to contrived expectations in a marriage. It is very important for girls everywhere to stop dwelling in 'The Handsome Prince'.

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    1. @Mom with a Dot: Very true, I suppose girls do grow up with unrealistic expectations of men and marriage. The sooner the bubble bursts, the better.

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  10. This was an amazing writeup!! hahahaahahah
    real life frogs!!!
    I loved the way you wrote this one

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    1. Thanks, Red. So glad you liked the post!

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  11. Lol... Useful piece of gyan you have given :))) And I already have experienced the housework part... Of course after few buttering and am-also-tired-after-office sessions, I have made my good frog do laundry and dishes successfully :)

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    1. Hi Jane! haha, the housework part I suppose everyone in a relationship will go through sometime or the other. Glad to know you figured out how to get him to do stuff :D

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  12. Now that is some gyan .. good think I never beleived in al lthe fairy stories :) he he

    Bikram's

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    1. Haha, not really gyan, just a little rambling :)

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  13. Test post: croak..croak.. this frog likes this post.

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    1. Haha, thanks for 'hopping' by, Sugeeth!

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  14. What's this true love's kiss ? Where can the poor girl get it :) loved the post!

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    1. Ahh, Archana my dear, the secret spell will be revealed to you when Mr. Good Frog comes along :D

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