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Diwali is just round the corner. How about giving a makeover to the festivities? No, we are not asking you to ditch the diyas or oily food platters. We are only looking at a noise-free, pollution-free, yet equally enjoyable Diwali. So, go on and throw an amazing house party with a game-night theme. And no, we don’t (only) mean gambling, rounds of Housie, and “taash parties”.

Here are some off-beat, yet addictive games to get the house on fire.

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Cards Against Humanity

A word of caution: it’s quite an A-rated card game. Switch on your risqué side and fill in the blanks to come up with some of the most gross and offensive statements ever. This card game serves as one of the best ice-breakers. The best part is that you can download it online and take print outs of the cards.

Minimum players required: 4.

Taboo

Get your bunch of verbose friends or friends with verbal diarrhea in a room, and roll the dice. A game of taboo, if not started with a stipulated time, can go on for hours. Personally, I have been part of a six-hour Taboo marathon. Turn your mental dictionary on, and make your friends guess the word without using the taboo words. This is one of the simplest yet most entertaining games around.

Minimum players required: 4.

Twister

More than your brain, make sure you are physically reflexive and fit if you are up for a game of Twister. Players are required to place their hands or foot on coloured dots on the Twister mat. Since the dots are scarce and far between, players will find themselves in “awkward” positions, until someone hits the ground or trips. Literally, put your best foot forward, and make sure your elbows or knee doesn’t touch the mat. Break a leg!

Minimum players required: 2.

Monopoly

Old is gold, and this game swears by the phrase. Suitable for any age group and for any number of people, monopoly is not entirely based on luck. Strategize, end up in jail and buy property, monopoly is a good old favourite for every house party. Just make sure that your cashier is not not too drunk to handle the money. 

Minimum players required: 4.

Game of Life

The board looks rather complex. However, it’s one of the most interesting games around for family time. During the course of the game, players go from being a college student to a retired professional. The game throws at you several challenges as you move ahead in time and life. Be warned: this is not a piece of cake. Game of life literally requires a lot of planning, much like, well, life itself.

Minimum players required: 4.

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