Games at Twilight

by Anita Desai

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Why is Ravi angry when he finds that they are already playing another game?

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At the beginning of the story, the children decide to play a game of hide-and-seek.

Ravi, the story’s protagonist, feels smaller and weaker than the other boys, especially the game’s seeker, Raghu.

When Raghu starts looking for the other children, Ravi views the boy as a hunter stalking his prey. This scares Ravi, who is hiding nearly exposed behind a garage. He wishes he was bigger so he could reach a hanging key and sneak into the garage, but the key is hanging too high.

However, when Ravi sees a shed next to the garage with a tiny gap between the door and wall, he manages to slip inside and evade Raghu. The spooky, smelly shed frightens Ravi, but he’s also excited—believing that if he can hide long enough, he will be the game’s winner and beat the older boys.

Unfortunately, when Ravi finally sneaks out, he finds the children have already moved on to other games and have completely forgotten about him. The humiliation of being forgotten infuriates Ravi, who wanted to finally feel powerful and important, and he lies down on the grass feeling insignificant.

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