Rooa…meow (says the lion)
Hhhh.. hhhh…
Gaale mein kharash
Mazedar Strepsils
Char mazedaar zayekon mein
Orange, lemon, ginger lemon, regular

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This ad was based on the famous Leo the Lion – the mascot of the Hollywood film studio MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).

From the late 1970s, it should be one of the earliest animated commercials on Indian television.

One of those ads from early childhood that is still etched in my memory.

This reminds me of a story from my childhood:

The lion lost all his skills (I don’t remember the reason why) and went to his aunt (the cat) to teach him.

Being a good maasi (maternal aunt), the cat taught the lion all that it needed to survive.

On regaining his skills, the lion turned arrogant. When the cat tried to make him understand the lion chased her with the intention of killing her.

The cat climbed up a tree, but the lion couldn’t. Because the cat didn’t teach the lion this one thing, intentionally. And the cat lived on to shed hair on my favourite chair.

Moral of the story: Knowledge is most powerful when others do not possess it.

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