Conversation with P UnniKrishnan, Chairman of SPAC WLL & Bahrain Tribune

Mr. P Unnikrishnan is the Chairman of SPAC WLL and the architect of building successful media brands across the GCC. An acclaimed multilingual writer and orator, Mr. Unni’s philosophy is to ‘inspire’ people, businesses and society through his entrepreneurial initiatives. Spearheading the growth of SPAC through its diversified business activities, he is a regular invitee cum speaker at key socio-economic events across the GCC and in India at various B Schools. Hailing from a family of talented writers and media personalities Mr. Unnikrishnan’s inclination towards the media business was almost by default.

Mr. Unnikrishnan also heads DT News Bahrain, Weekender / Cocunut Times / Adam 2.0, News Mill (India), Daily Talk, 4PM News Bahrain, BigFace publishing (P) Ltd etc.

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Ancestry of Mahakavi (Great Poet) P Kunhiraman Nair and family. Coming from such a background has ever made you more responsible?

Being Frank, I do want to write some novels and poems! I am afraid to do that thinking it can spoil Mahakavis reputation !! 

Please share your interests in literature? 

I love reading books and right now writing one regular editorial column in English – Nothing serious ( DT NEWS ), Ishtapettalum illenkillum ( 4PM news ). I love reading.

When and how have you refined yourself as an entrepreneur?

I am a first gen- businessman. I made mistakes and for sure may continue making mistakes. I consider all the blunders and failures as an experience. My philosophy in business is nothing but to do something good to the society and make some reasonable profit. The Mantra for success in this world is nothing but to run fast other than maintaining  land, manpower, technology and knowledge.

After your studies, why have you moved out of India? Why did you choose Bahrain for your operation?

It was very accidental. My uncle was in Bahrain, He invited me to Bahrain. When I reached here, I found this small island a very comfortable place to settle. 

Radio FM, Daily Tribune, Coconut times, 4PM News  you are operating a lot of media companies. Why into media?

Media – is my passion other than that it is a right medium to help the needy,  Again if you do justice to the profession you can gain social acceptance, power and money!

Tell me the difficulties in starting a venture in Bahrain?

I started my first venture with zero capital. So the life was bit tough. But with few good contacts and trust they had up on me, I managed to initiate the first internet cafe in the Kingdom. Soon I managed to open few more outlets and made some good money .

Is India a tough place to start a venture? 

I won’t make such a comment. May be for someone who managed to do business in Middle East may face some difficulties. It all depends on your expectations and experience. There are so many successful ventures of NRIS in India. But overall there is a fear factor about Kerala among NRIS. But the perception is slowly changing. I am running few outsourcing centres in Kerala and I never had any issues till date.

What are the main agenda/ Ideas that you are trying to promote through your media?

I disagree with the concept of making some agenda for a media firm. The vision is simple that is nothing but to inform and educate. The strategy is to bring interesting innovative interactive informative investigative updated reliable content.

 What are the new business areas you are going to concentrate? And why?

Right now I am working on smart ID which is a digital ID to replace the old conventional business cards and privilege cards and also associated with a mobile money transferring  platform called FULOOSI . I am the Managing Director of KENSHO knowledge solutions and GLOBAL Institute of Management science  which is the only Indian institute for Higher studies in Bahrain. We also represent BYJUS app for the MENA region.

Other than business, what are your personal interests?

Writing, Travelling and sleeping !!! 

You can reach him: P Unnikrishnan, Facebook, Twitter

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