Once in the city of Saurashtra, there lived a Brahmin and his wife, whose name was Kalaha. She would never listen to her husband, no matter what he asked her to do. Her husband was tired of this insubordination and spoke to a friend about his dilemma. His friend suggested that he ask her to do the opposite of what he wanted done and see if that made any difference!
It worked and the husband soon grew to be a master of saying what he did not mean. “Never invite my friend for dinner, he is a scoundrel,” he announced one day. Sure enough, the friend was invited home for dinner. This continued and the couple seemed to have found a peaceable solution.
Soon it was the season of shraddha and the Brahmin wanted to perform the ceremony of his father. He told his wife that he did not plan to observe the ritual. True to form, his wife not only pulled him up for being a bad son but she made sure that the ritual would be performed without delay.
“Don’t put out a feast and don’t invite too many Brahmins,” the husband said. And got his way, just as he knew he would. However, the Brahmin slipped up and at some point during the ceremony told his wife that the pindas were to be immersed in holy waters. Kalaha went and threw them down the drain! But the quick thinking Brahmin immediately instructed her not to fish out the pindas and never to immerse them in the holy waters. He got his way.