India's outsourcing industry has improved the financial status of its workers -- so much so that research firm Technology Forecasters predicts a steep rise in spending on consumer goods like TVs and refrigerators. Young Indians' love of gadgetry -- and increasing ability to buy it -- is driving investment in the country by such companies as Dell, Samsung and Nokia.
But most silver linings have a cloud -- and this newfound affluence is no exception. The Guardian reports that heavy workloads, night shifts and the sedentary habits of folks like computer programmers are leading to an increase in Western-style complaints such as stress and depression, as well as health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
"In Bangalore the psychiatrists say their Saturdays are reserved for marriage counseling for the IT sector," an Infosys Technologies director tells the Guardian. While Infosys has a program promoting work-life balance, the article says that most Indian companies do not.