How to survive Independence Day with your family, without booze!


Independence Day, aka No Booze Holiday! But, things aren’t all bad. It’s also a day you could spend with your family. Why not, right?

Of course, spending a tequila-less 24 hours famjaming can seem like,

But, I gotcha covered, pyjama peeps. Take this August 15th to the next level of family bonding with these quirky activities we’ve planned for you and yours.

1. Quiz Night

A rapid-fire quiz is the perfect way to get one over that pesky know-it-all cousin, while still being a good sport about it. The trick is to choose a topic that you know like the back of your hand. Are you a Bollywood nerd? Into Indian politics? Geography, mythology or whatever is your forte: write down a list of questions and make teams. Pesky cousin should be on the other team, of course. Ask everyone to join in. Take turns to ask questions. Keep score, or don’t, the game will provide some gentle competition and check your general knowledge at the same time. Win, win, in my book.

2. Visit Historical Places in your city

Plan a picnic or a mini road trip to three (or more) historical sites in your city. I know you pass it each damn day on your way to somewhere, but don’t let familiarity breed apathy. We Indians live in heritage cities. Countless lives have played out on the same land we inhabit now; respect the ghosts and pay them a visit. Whether it’s Lodhi Garden in Delhi, or Gateway of India in Mumbai, or your personal favourite site in your home town: go there, spend the day, look beyond the ruins and into the history it holds in its foundation. You won’t regret it. PS- if you do this, do take a picture and tag @pyjamapeople on Instagram. We’d love to see the sites in your city!

3. Doodle and Post your favorite images

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You could doodle pictures of your family, but stay in theme and make the Indian Emblem, Ashoka Chakra, Ashoka Stambh, and so on. Make them your way; it is your India, after all. And then show them off on social media! Tag us (Instagram is best.) We’d love to see what you get up to. Remember, all activities are more fun with company. So, engage your family, ask for their ideas on your doodle or ask them to make their own. You could even create a family hashtag and upload them together for posterity.

4. Dress differently

Because it is even better than Wear What You Want Wednesday, it’s Independence Day, dude! Put on that quirky dress you’ve been dying to don; pull out that off-shoulder top and wear it to office. Anyone says anything, just reply in the voice of Bill Pullman: “Today is my Independence Day!!”

Don’t wanna go too wild? Maybe just wear one thing that makes you happy on the inside. A cute bra, simple sneakers. Bring your family into the fold by asking them to wear something they love also. Your mom might want to flaunt that cute saffron dress and daddy be all blue on his shirt. Dare your brother to wear a green shoe or a pant. He argues, but do not make that count, and win it, after all, another festival awaits for sisters.

5. Create an Indian superhero moment

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I love role-play, and it’s a great way to include your baby cousins and siblings into the day’s celebrations. Make them choose an Indian superhero. Maybe they’ll pick a freedom fighter, and you can teach them a bit about the person. Maybe they’ll pick Chhotta Bhim, and hey, that’s their choice — it is Independence Day, after all. Get them to put on a skit based on their chosen hero’s life around 1947. Your aunts and their parents will thank you for keeping them occupied and tricking them into learning history!

6. Plan a Rowlatt picnic

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The Rowlatt Act of 1919 gave the British government the right to arrest people whom they suspected of being terrorists and keeping them indefinitely without a hearing or bail. It’s similar to a few Acts we have now as well, actually. Now, of course, it has different names. The freedom of assembly was also restricted. The people who were massacred in the Jallianwala Bagh incident were protesting this very law when the horrific incident occurred. Honour their rebellion in a way that would make them proud. Free assembly is your right. Plan a picnic with your family and friends, discuss what happened, and think about similar atrocities that occur still, but by different names. It’s not Independence Day while your minds are shackled, so free them.


7. Make a meal using tricolor foods

On a lighter note! Pack some themed food for your picnic. After all, we are celebrating our country and its beautiful tricolour. Let’s do it with some food swag.Pack tricolor food items. If you’re feeling healthy, go for fruits like guava, oranges. You could indulge with some rosogulla, wafers in three colored packages. I’m a big fan of going full on desi with a place of white rice, green vegetables, and saffron with my lentils or pickle! Let us see your meal, post a picture, tag @pyjamapeople

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Whatever way you choose to celebrate our 69th Independence Day, we wish you the very best of times to come! Take tons of pictures and tag us so we can follow your adventures.

Happy Independence Day!

Pooja Singh
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Pooja is a post graduate student in commerce from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. She writes about fashion, Bollywood, and lifestyle for Pyjama People. She also runs her own Instagram blog and is a college ambassador for Roposo. Check her out on


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