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Diana R Chambers Was Born With A Book In One Hand And A Passport In The Other. She Earned A University Degree In Asian Art History And Has Traveled Frequently To The Region. Eventually Her Road Led To Scriptwriting—And Hollywood, Where She Met Nancy Valentine And Learned Of Her Great Love Affair With The Maharaja Of Cooch Behar. Drawn To The Dramatic Historical Period, Diana Knew This Was A Story She Had To Write. Beside Numerous Screen- And Teleplays, She Is The Author Of Stinger, A Spy Thriller Set In Afghanistan And Pakistan.

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Diana R. Chambers

Research and Imagination in Historical Fiction

On 29th Nov 10.00 a.m. - 10.40 a.m

I think the story explains how the fascinating time of Hollywood connects to the end-of-the-British Raj in India. The sentiment of “The following Lana Turner" and a Cambridge-taught maharaja undermines his realm during the last days before Independence.

It is 1946 Hollywood, and it sparkles when the swank Maharaja of Cooch Behar, Jagaddipendra Narayan, meets Star of Tomorrow Nancy Valentine. A fictionalized account, The Star of India depends on the genuine sentiment between a rising youthful entertainer and a Cambridge-taught war legend and leader of an antiquated territory. Nancy was sent back home during India's fast approach of Independence. In the midst of the force battles of each political, illustrious, and strict group, Nancy is snared in a hurricane of interest, surveillance, and endeavored murder. Maharaja goes under extraordinary weight from his exquisite and imposing mother, Indira of Cooch Behar, who accepts his union with an outsider will debilitate the family's situation with their kin, and make them helpless against an administration takeover. In the midst of developing resistance to the couple's association, the state's mythical Mughal Ruby vanishes, and it’s revile will vanish them all.

From the glamour of Hollywood to the rich offices of Indian eminence, The Star of India weaves a vivacious story of a solid willed lady whose destiny was profoundly laced with the pivotal birth of present day India.