Start of a Long Innings

That was the beginning of an association that would span over three decades, during which time Soman moved from the level of a sub-editor, to that of a reporter and moving up the hierarchy to the level of Associate Editor.

After ending that long innings with GDN in June 2009, Soman joined Bahrain Telegraph, an international magazine, as its Editor-in-Chief.

He is currently the Managing Editor of Daily Tribune, an English daily in Bahrain which was earlier called Bahrain Tribune. This initiative is by Malayali business tycoon Dr Ravi Pillai, Radio Voice Chairman P Unnikrishnan and Soman Baby. They took over the broad sheetBahrain Tribune and converted it into the tabloid Daily Tribune, which was launched on September 12 , 2010.

Soman is also a Director of Royal Bahrain Hospital and The New Indian School. He is also a Director of Radio Voice and a Director of the Kerala-based Power Vision TV channel. He is also a founding member and a board member of the Bahrain- India Society.

During his long stint in the Bahraini media scene, many of Soman’s interventions have been popular in Bahraini social circles: fifteen years ago, his articles on the problems faced by expatriate workers, particularly Indians, prompted the then government to consult him on this crucial matter.

After a special decree by His Majesty the King in 2007, on the establishment of LMRA (Labour Market Regulatory Authortiy), Soman was asked by the government to prepare a white paper on the impact of labour market reforms on Indian workers. His paper was accepted and its suggestions and recommendations are being implemented.