I think all regular readers are familiar with Shiv, who has been commenting on the site for about 2 years now, and must have answered hundreds of reader questions in that time. I’ve asked him several questions myself and he has always given me accurate answers to my queries.
A few weeks ago, I asked him if he would be interested in writing for OneMint and he agreed to give it a try. This is the second time someone is helping me with content here (Gurpreet did a few tax articles last year), and I’m really looking forward to this.
You will start seeing his posts from next week onwards, and they will be marked as written by Shiv. This will not impact the frequency or topics of the posts that I write, so overall, you will see increased posting frequency on the site, it is hard to say by how much at this point.
I’m really glad to welcome Shiv as a blogger here and I’m sure this will add to the quality of the site.
Now, let’s get on to this week’s links.
Let’s start with this beautiful commencement address given by Atul Gawande on failure and rescue. I’ll quote my favorite part from the speech.
Scientists have given a new name to the deaths that occur in surgery after something goes wrong—whether it is an infection or some bizarre twist of the stomach. They call them a “failure to rescue.” More than anything, this is what distinguished the great from the mediocre. They didn’t fail less. They rescued more.
Next up, China is the source of fastest growing international buyers for US real estate. The US real estate market is estimated to be $928 billion in the year till March, and while Canadians were the largest international buyers, Chinese were the second largest at $9 billion. Interestingly, Indians also figure in that list and account for 6% of the sales done to international buyers.
A fascinating conversation about the future and what technologies will shape our lives 30 or 40 years from now.
The Economist laments India’s slowing growth in this piece titled Farewell to Incredible India.
This is a fascinating little experiment where they teach words to a baby robot.
Hemant has a thoughtful post on planning for your retirement versus planning for your children’s future.
Finally, I think this is the most beautiful picture I’ve seen in quite a while.
Enjoy your weekend!