Video Editor: Prashant Chauhan, Vikram VenkateswaranCameraperson: SathishProducer: Smitha TKMore than a year ago, a Malayalam news channel came across a college girl in uniform, selling fish at the Thammanam junction in Kerala. Her story on how she goes to college in the morning and sells fish in the evening to raise money for her studies went viral.She became an internet sensation but the likes and cheers were soon interrupted by trolls.Many called her a scam, saying she was doing this as part of a movie promotion – that she was not poor at all. She broke down, pleaded to the online hate mafia to stop the bullying and then decided to stand strong no matter what.Today, Hanan has created a brand for herself.Hanan Hamid is Back Selling Fish, Names Her Venture ‘Viral’A Popular Face in the Streets of KochiToday, she is a music composer and runs her own venture ‘Viral Fish’. She has bought a TATA ACE van and sells fish every evening at the busy Thammanam junction.“Seems like society has given some laws to fish-selling people. If they wear a good dress, good ornaments, if they put on makeup, that’s not fair. But I am a regular girl who has a lot of dreams in her life. So like other people, even I want the freedom to wear good dress, ornaments, makeup. Everything!”Hanan HamidKerala CM Backs Hanan Hamid, One Suspect Held for Alleged TrollingAs Hanan walks through Fort Kochi, you can see people nodding and saying hello. Everyone knows Hanan because of her fight against trolls and societal misconceptions. After going viral, she has received help from everywhere. Some sell fish at a discount, others send her funds and the government has even helped her set up shop.The Not-So Rosy Beginning of the StoryRecollecting her childhood, she said her struggle has not been easy.As early as VII grade, Hanan has been doing odd jobs to help her family. After she finished school, the financial strain grew. Making and selling ornaments to her teachers and classmates, taking tuitions, dubbing for short films, working as a call centre girl, a private secretary, a junior artist in films, anchoring at weddings, hosting events in malls and other public places and selling fish – Hanan has juggled so many jobs.“My family was like a little garden and my brother and I were like butterflies who are roaming around the smiling, beautiful flowers that is our parents. But in one moment, I lost everything. My father became a drunk, parents separated.”Hanan HamidHaters Can Take a Hike, Say Hanan Hamid’s Supporters On TwitterHanan says many have discouraged her attitude of being independent and advised her to switch to an easier job like billing staff or a call centre.But over the years, she has found that selling fish is something she likes and also helps her earn the money she needs to become a doctor someday.In this world, we are all alone. After some time we will miss our parents, but in my case I just missed them earlier. So if you miss something, you should struggle very hard and get it all back.Hanan HamidHanan Hamid: Kerala College Student’s Viral Fame Turns Nightmare We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.