As it completes 100 reclusive years of research, the reticent Bhandarkar Institute wants to talk about itself
The photograph wears its age. It was taken sometime in July 1917. There is nothing remarkable about the yellowing image itself—a lone structure standing on a rocky terrain with a hill in the background. But the story it tells is remarkable. The building is where the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) was founded on 6 July 1917 on the outskirts of Poona, as the city was called then.