Daribha Lyndem is a writer and civil servant from Shillong. Name Place Animal Thing is her debut novel. It is a coming-of-age story about a young Khasi girl growing up in the fast-changing, multi-cultural Shillong of the 90s. She was named one of the promising writers of 2021 and beyond by digital magazine Feminism in India and in a list of ‘Best Summer Reads of 2020’ by Vogue India, and has reviews in The Hindu, The Caravan, Firstpost among others.
She currently works with the Indian Revenue Service as a Deputy Commissioner of Customs. Daribha now lives with three cats and a husband in Mumbai.
The Many North Easts
Daribha Lyndem, Jahnavi Barua and Aruni Kashyap in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
The world in the last decade has acquainted itself to the gems of north eastern literature. Whilst for the uninitiated it is a new culture to explore, for those who have been avid readers of this literary tradition, its popularity in the mainstream comes as no surprise. However, how does one define North-eastern Literature, the sub-cultures that it is made up of and its boundaries? An illustrious panel evaluates the representation of language, dialect, and socio-political narratives of the eight states and explores the place of their authors within larger literary traditions.