A short story is a brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters. I have read a short story “Games at Twilight” by Indian novelist Anita Desai. Games at Twilight.‘ tells the story of Ravi, a young boy who isn’t understood by his family and who feels ignored.
The theme of childhood and its many facets is central to the story, while innocence, disappointment, and therefore the ups and downs of that conflicted period of life also are examined throughout the story.
Ravi is a component of an outsized family. He looks up to his cousin, Raghu, whom he aspires to hammer in a contest as to how to realize attention and a few kinds of success. it’s summertime and therefore the children within the story sleep in a hot uncomfortable house.
they’re all anxious to travel outside to play and eventually convince their mother. to allow them to do so. As a game gets. underway, there’s a heated debate about which of the youngsters are going to be “it” during play hide and seek. Ravi hides during a shed and feels confident that he will win the sport.
This prospect makes Ravi feel very happy as, so far, he has never emerged victorious in any of the games that the youngsters have played, and he’s excited to possess the chance to finally beat the others.
the remainder of the youngsters has forgotten about Ravi, which suggests that he does indeed win the sport. Despite this victory, his success seems to travel unnoticed by the opposite children who simply begin playing a special game.
Ravi’s excitement and pride at beating the others seem to possess disappeared. the facility of competition or rivalry emerges as a big theme. Ravi’s primary objective and desire is to win the sport and beat the opposite children. So powerful is his resolve to win that it carries him through the fear he feels when he hides within the shed.
together with the younger children playing the sport, he wasn’t confident but managed to persevere. The implication is that winning will make him see himself in a different light. Seeing things from a child’s perspective, Ravi feels, simplistically, that he is going to be better than the others, something he didn’t feel before the sport.
the very fact that a toddlerhood game of hiding and seek is of such importance to him underscores that incontrovertible fact that he’s a child. with a child’s innocence and is viewing life from that time to view.
Though “Games at Twilight” deals primarily with children at play, its main theme is fantasy versus reality. This theme is symbolically reflected in the title, as the word “twilight” suggests an interplay of light and shadow, blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy.
What I liked and did not like:
In this story I liked the character of Ravi. He was a typical young boy. He loved playing games. In this story, he displayed an unusual sensibility. Though I liked the character of Ravi but I did not like his self-satisfaction.
In short, “Games at Twilight” is a successful short story. All the incidents are connected with each other keeping Ravi at the center.