The latest issue of Current Science has an article by Prof. B.V. Sreekantan about the history of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (pdf). It's a long article, with lots of mind-numbing details about all kinds of research that has been done there during the sixty years of the Institute's existence. It's definitely not for the outsider!
It's also disappointing in another sense: there is just physics, physics, and more physics, with very little about the other fields.
Must read for physicists interested in TIFR!