The short story "Games at Twilight" by Anita Desai takes place in India. A group of children are anxious to go outdoors, but the heat of the afternoon is still intense. When the mother lets them out on the veranda, they start a game of hide and seek. A boy named Raghu is chosen to be "it," and all the other children run away to hide. A boy named Ravi slips into a storage shed and hides out there until nightfall. When he comes out, the other children have forgotten him, and he is oppressed with the feeling of his own insignificance.
Desai tells this story using the third-person point of view; in this viewpoint, the author uses proper names and pronouns to refer to the various characters. However, she uses two variations of the third person viewpoint. She starts with third person omniscient, in which she not only details the action taking place, but she can also slip in and out of the thoughts of any of the characters. At a certain point, though, she switches to a third-person limited viewpoint, in which she focuses solely on Ravi and what he is thinking and going through.
The third-person omniscient viewpoint at the beginning sets the scene and the mood. You can think of it as a wide camera shot in a film as the director introduces a scene. Desai begins by describing the children as a group and what they are going through. This lasts until they decide upon the game of hide and seek. She then tells a short portion of the story from Raghu's viewpoint. He represents the aggressor, the predator from whom Ravi has to hide. For a moment, Desai also uses Manu's viewpoint. Manu is the first small boy caught by Raghu. Here, Desai wants to show the humiliation of one of Raghu's victims, which makes Ravi's successful escape all the more urgent.
Ravi is the main character in the story, though, so after Desai has established the background of the game, the aggressor, and the fate of the victim, she zooms in on Ravi's viewpoint and stays with it for the rest of the story. Her intention is to show the triumphs and disappointments of childhood. As Ravi sits in the frighteningly dark shed surrounded by imagined pests, he feels victory in that he has defeated Raghu, an older and stronger boy, in the hide-and-seek game. However, his triumph turns to tragedy when he emerges too late and discovers that he has been forgotten.