Daribha Lyndem is a writer and civil servant from Shillong. Name Place Animal Thing is her debut novel. The book is one of the five shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature, the most expensive book prize in the country. She grew up in Shillong before she moved out to New Delhi to study and prepare for the UPSC exam. She currently works with the Indian Revenue Service as a Deputy Commissioner of Indirect taxes.