How often do you see an Indian mom putting her worldly wisdom on signs and sharing it on Instagram? Definitely, not that often. For this reason, the world needs more heartwarming people like Poonam Sapra and her son Pranav. Especially in 2020.
This mother-son duo from India runs the ‘Mother With Sign’ Instagram page. On their page, they post photos of Poonam holding up signs with wholesome, relatable, and humorous motherly advice for living a good, healthy, and happy life.
When they started the page 8 months ago, they had limited followers. But now, they’ve gained a whopping 108k followers. They even got the attention of the Humans of Bombay IG account, which has over 1.1 million avid fans. Poonam and Pranav’s content is nearly universal because the world’s filled with moms who constantly give out helpful advice.
We reached out to both Pranav and his mother Poonam to speak about their wholesome Instagram content. “My son Pranav pitched the idea and said it will be fun. He said everyone’s parents keep telling them what to do, but the kids don’t listen and later realize that they should have. I was skeptical initially, but then thought let’s try it. The first few posts started getting shared a lot. Everyone related with it,” Poonam told us. Read on for the full interview.
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Poonam told us that their IG account doesn’t have a mission as such, however, they do want to make as many people smile every week with “as many happy updates as possible.”
She said, “Of course that comes with some good motherly advice that I’ll continue to give all the kids.”
Poonam revealed that she didn’t have any expectations when creating the Instagram page. However, she is grateful for all the love that people have showered her with.
“I guess it touches a chord because it comes straight from the heart,” Poonam said about why her content is so relatable. “My son and I try our best to keep the content simple, relatable, and light—as it is 2020 is tough on everyone. I am keen on making the youngsters see things from the parent’s perspective and vice versa.”
Poonam pointed out that creating new content is easy because they’re not pretending. “I’m just being who I am. I used to talk like this with my son, so now he helps me put all that on Instagram and all the kids there listen too. I’m grateful for the time they give to reading these messages and encouraging me.”
The mom also told us a bit more about herself and her son. “I am a homemaker and I am 64 years young. I have a childlike enthusiasm to learn more in life—dabbling a bit in singing, painting, and poetry every day. My son Pranav is a marketing manager at Zomato and he is 33 years young,” Poonam said.
She and Pranav are inseparable. “Pranav and I share a special bond, we’ve always enjoyed doing things together—playing board games, chit-chatting, cooking, and whatnot. This page just adds to the list and gives us another reason to spend time with each other and collectively make more people happy. You could say continuing to have fun in the process of making others smile is the mission for both of us. And we have a long long way to go.”
Getting so many followers in such a short amount of time just goes to show that Poonam and Pranav create the kind of content that many of us can get behind. It’s focused, to the point, and (most importantly!) filled with motherly love.
Poonam told Your Story that she keeps up with millennial culture by spending time with her children, their friends, and her nieces, and nephews. So she’s always up-to-date with slang and current events. She added that motherhood is “the most beautiful thing” that can only be understood by experiencing it firsthand.
Pranav was inspired to make the account by the Dude With Sign IG page but wanted to create a version where the signs were a mom’s take on life.
The son admitted that he’s put his mom through a lot of uncomfortable and embarrassing situations when he was growing up: from childish mistakes with firecrackers to having his expensive shoes stolen.
The conclusion is simple—our mothers know best and we should follow their advice. They turn out to be right, even if we don’t always believe them and make painful but educational mistakes ourselves. Luckily for us, it looks like our moms have a near-infinite supply of wisdom to share with us, so there’s always room for us to improve ourselves.