Despite the bandwidth crisis currently going on in my life (I have only 60 MB of bandwidth left for this month and I have to make it last 3 days), I absolutely have to link to this lovely article by William Deresiewicz. William has taught English at the Yale university for ten years. What struck me most about his article is that except for the America specific paragraph (the one about living comfortably as a school teacher) the rest of it applied directly to IITs and IIMs in India.
The most disturbing was the sections about forced socialization and loss of solitude. I've written earlier about suicides in IITK and that section seemed to ring a bell.