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10 things to do on this Republic Day

Are you in for another challenge? As Republic Day is around the corner, we want to take all you Slonkiteers on a Fun Desi Ride to fuel your pride of being Indian.

Here are quick things you can do this Republic Day as a fun exercise.

  1. Go Desi.

This Republic Day, we request all Slonkiteers to go Desi. Jeans and Shirts are cliché. You got to be exclusive. Be different. You can opt to wear Khaadi clothes, dresses with bandhani design or wear traditional Indian attire.

  1. Watch patriotic Movies.

It’s time for Binge Watching! I know you love to spend entire day in front of the TV, but on this Republic Day, do it for a reason. Watch some famous Bollywood movies like Border, LOC, Legend of Bhagat Singh, etc.

  1. Read some facts about Republic Day.

We have uploaded some quick facts about Republic Day that you can read and boast about to your friends. There is no greater pride than knowing facts about your country.

  1. Know your Flag.

This Republic Day, know what your Flag means? Read about interesting articles about the true meaning behind the tricolor and Ashoka chakra.

  1. Experience a flag hoisting ceremony.
    You can visit your nearest government or public building and experience the feeling of a flag hoisting. You could also sing the national anthem there.
  1. Speak in Hindi for a day.

I know that this might be a tough task for most of you out there but try creating a fun game out of it. Invite friends over, speak in Hindi throughout and see how long you can hold your place. You can play a game on English to Hindi translation.

  1. Strictly follow Dry Day.

We know it’s a day to celebrate and enjoy but we can do it without alcohol too. Invite friends over to your place and enjoy some food & music. You can brighten the mood by playing a quiz, making a patriotic rangoli/ sketch, playing patriotic antakshari or dressing up like one of the freedom fighters.

  1. Respect your flag.

Everybody loves sticking a flag on their cars and bikes to show their love towards the country. But often, on the next day, the flags are seen on the streets blown by the wind or cleared by vehicle wash. Look out for those Flags, pick them up and store them with pride.

  1. Eat Desi.

Forget Chinese, Pizza and Burger for a day. Ask your parents to cook something desi or traditional and enjoy the desi taste with your family.

  1. Continue with your patriotism.

You are not just an Indian for a day. Your love towards the country should be consistent and forever. Be a proud Indian.

So, take your inner Desi on a treat this Republic Day and be the change! Share your photos on Slonkit’s Facebook page about all the desi stuff you pull off. We would love to see your inner Indian.

Slonkit wishes you a Happy Republic Day.

Jai Hind.

Team Slonkit

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REPUBLIC DAY FACTS EVERY INDIAN SHOULD KNOW

Slonkit Republic Quiz Challenge

We know you are a true Slonkiteer but are you a true Indian? Do you know enough about one of the greatest days of the past that is celebrated throughout the country?

It is time for you to boast about India in front of your friends and make yourself a proud Indian!

Here are some quick facts about Republic Day every Indian should know. So, are you ready for the challenge? Let’s see how many of them you already knew and how many of them took you by surprise.

 

  1. The first Republic Day was celebrated three years after we got Independence that is, on January26, 1950. Actually, it took Dr. B. R. Ambedkar 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.

 

  1. During the Republic Day parade, a Christian song “Abide With Me” is played and it is considered as one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite songs.

 

  1. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India took the Oath of Presidency (at Dubar Hall of government house) for the first time on January 26th, 1950.

 

  1. On January 26th, 1965, Hindi was declared the national language of India.

 

  1. On January 26, 1930, India pledged to fight for complete freedom or Purna Swaraj. And that is why, our freedom fighters wanted the date to hold the significance. Consequently, January 26, 1950 was chosen for India to become a sovereign state.

 

  1. Our Constitution has the best aspects of the Constitution of other countries. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity was adopted from French Constitution while the Five-Year Plan came from the USSR Constitution.

 

  1. Another fun fact about India is that it holds the record of having the world’s longest Constitution with 448 Articles in total.

 

  1. President Sukarno, Indonesia’s first President attended Republic Day celebrations as the first Chief Guest.

 

  1. The importance of Republic Day could be estimated by the fact that it is a three day long affair with celebrations ending on 29th January with a Beating Retreat Ceremony.

 

  1. The first Republic Day parade was held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and was attended by 15,000 civilians.

 

  1. On the 1st Republic Day in the year 1950 at 10:30 AM, a 31-gun salute took place to congratulate our first President.

 

  1. On the Republic Day, the Indian Air Force came into existence. Before this, the Indian Air Force was a controlled body; but after Republic Day, Indian Air Force became an independent body.

 

  1. One interesting fact about Indian Constitution is that it is handwritten in two languages- Hindi & English. It was signed by 308 members on January 24th, 1950 and became effective two days later.

 

  1. The eve of Republic Day is chosen to announce a majority of National awards like Bharat Ratna, Kirti Chakra and Padma Awards.

 

  1. Before the Indian Republic Day came into force, India followed Government of India Act, 1935 laid by the British Government.

 

So, now that you have read all about it, let’s see how many of them did you get right.

0-4: Don’t worry, you are normal. You belong to 75% of the population who are unaware of these facts.

5-8: You are the curious kind and you know a thing or two about India. Good job!

9-12:  You are smart. You like to read and definitely know a lot about the country. Be proud of yourself.

13-15: Bullseye! You nailed it. You are just awesome. Give yourself a pat on the back and ask your friends to bow down to you.

 

And, now that all of you have become proud Indians, like and share the post with your friends and see how many of them get it right!

See you until next time.

Team Slonkit wishes you a Happy Republic Day.

 

Jai Hind!

Team Slonkit.

Teenagers are future ready: the cashless economy is here!

With demonetization on the table for a while now, the gen-z has adapted to the cashless ecosystem faster than other generations due to their pre understanding of the digital age. It is believed teens are four times less-likely to use cash at retail stores than the general public.

Gone are the days when only malls and fancy restaurants accepted cards. Now even a street hawker or a juice seller welcomes cards, QRs and other sorts of payment modes. Keeping this incoming change in perspective, you may be better able to adapt to the changing payment landscape than their parents and grandparents.

Retailers in India are shifting to cashless transactions too for a host of reasons: faster payments increase turnaround and shorten lines. It also reduces opportunities for losses due to manual error at the cash register and/ or theft.

Gen-Z feels physical money is just paper weight to carry around in their pockets and is less secure given how sloppy teens are. A smart phone and a card is all that they need to survive a day in the outside world. Now, you can travel, eat, stay and buy stuff with your card. Food, clothing and shelter are readily available via digital payments and you don’t have to break a sweat.

Teenagers rely on cards and digital payments due to its convenience, control, budget visibility, and safety; but the biggest driver is smartphone adoption. Teenagers want to be able to do anything and everything with their smart phone, and that is helping to drive the adoption of digital payments.

For you, physical wallets are a novelty, like a landline phone. In 15 years you won’t want to be making wallets for a living.

But, understanding money and making sure you can control money, rather than have money control you, is really important to teens’ lives.

Growing up in an increasingly cashless society where payment options like debit and credit are considered the norm, the youth of today have had an entirely different introduction to managing money than that of their mums and dads.

With online shopping coming in picture, teens use their Parents cards for making online transactions. It is becoming more and more difficult for Parents to keep a track of the child spending or refuse them the money. With the exposure to social media, fashion and technology, everyday there is a new demand.

It’s all about the conversations your parents have. You might get your first job in the near future and would have access to an income of your own, but it’s important for you to learn the value of what you are earning, and for your parents to encourage you to spend it wisely rather than squandering it away.

Teens start to become more conscious of money as they grow up. It’s so important for you to make the time to sit down with your parents and have money conversations. It will really give you the best foot forward in life.

In the last few decades a lot has changed, and almost everywhere you go, cashless payment is preferred. With new options like Pay via Debit or credit card or in-app wallet being the popular mode of payments, cash on delivery is hardly opted for. And with predictions of a completely cashless society on the horizon, cash payments don’t appear to be making a comeback anytime soon. And the teenagers of today are ready for the cashless ecosystem that dawns on us in the coming tomorrow.