South East Asia, the times of bounty, the times of calamity [Nature]

Physically, the huge region of South East Asia is not one land at all. From north to south it is a sprawling mosaic of hills, dotted by volatile clans of volcano and rolling green rainforests, placid lakes, vicious rivers, tapering off between fertile shorelines beset by treacherous tides. In many parts a cruel sun and unforgiving monsoon rains take turns holding the vast land in sway – the sun drawing up every drop of moisture, suffocating air, the monsoon causing devastating floods, displacing millions in a year.

The inhabitants of South East Asia are women and men of all colours and creeds, many of them descendants of ancient tribes and empires, and were finally absorbed by, the all-encompassing land. The great days of glory for the region has long fermented into an undrinkable brew; nowadays spiralling by borders and territory disputes. Yet the land is unforgiving, even governments shudder when Nature takes a swipe, flooding the lands, whipping the terrain with wild winds, coupled with tremors and multitude of eruption of fiery, angry mountain tops.

For all its seeming volatility, however, the land is not an inhospitable one. Nature gave birth to the indigenous tribes and imposing civilisation. The beginnings of prosperity are nearly as old as civilisation itself; the richest bounty of this region is in Nature.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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