A friend of Tenalirama's wife came to him for help. "I keep quarreling with my mother-in-law!" she said. "The things she says make me so angry."
Tenalirama smiled. "I will give you some magical water," he said, handing her a small bottle. "Before you reply to your mother-in-law, take a mouthful, close your eyes, count to three, then swallow. The water's magic will help you!"
The woman returned a week later. "It's wonderful!" she said. "But I need more magic water."
Tenalirama laughed. "It's just regular water," he said. "The magic is in stopping yourself before you reply in anger."
Inspired by: Fix Your Problems the Tenali Raman Way by Vishal Goyal
Notes: This story is on p. 45 of the book.