Discuss the theme of childhood as presented in "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai.  

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In "Games at Twilight" Anita Desai has the ability to portray childhood in all of its excitement and exhilaration, innocence, vulnerability, and even heartached.  The theme of childhood is one that encompasses all of those attributes, and is shown through the children themselves as they play a common and well-known game of hide 'n' go seek.  Childhood is exciting--you can sense the children's excitement as they are freed from the confines of the hot house and let out into the air to play.  Desai writes,

"they burst out like seeds from a crackling, overripe pod into the veranda, with such wild, maniacal...

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