Bhavani left us on the 15th of June last year and her passing away left a huge void not just among her family but among her numerous friends. So much so that even today no gathering seems complete without her presence; beautifully dressed and impeccably groomed, a lady and a woman of substance to her fingertips.
Bhavani was born to the Shanmugam family on the 5th of September 1934, and was the older of two girls in the family. Her father was a Barrister and Municipal Commissioner of Galle. After her early education here, she went on to graduate from Queen Mary’s College, India.
She was married to Justice Siva Selliah and had three children, a son Siva and two daughters, Selvi and Sivakami.
As a mother, she was the embodiment of love, affection and support until the very end. She was a pillar of strength and encouragement to her family and displayed selflessness in all her interactions throughout her life. She was a role model to her children and her large circle of friends, who were of all ages. Bhavani had the knack of establishing ties with different people of varying interests and ages and could converse on any subject. She was well informed, knowledgeable and a mine of information, be it local politics and business or
I count myself privileged to have known and associated with Bhavani and even today find myself wanting to live up to her high standards. Sincerity was essential to Bhavani as were principles and standards in life. She had no time for idle chatter or gossip and to be considered her friend was a compliment indeed.
When I heard of her extremely sudden death, indeed she was out shopping when she passed away, I was devastated. She was a beautiful soul and left a void that none can ever fill. All of her numerous friends miss her to this very day and wish that she was still amongst us. Her children, grandchildren and family, as we all do, cherish the fond memories we have of Bhavani, and on her birthday which falls on 5th September, we celebrate the life of a unique lady who continues to inspire those she left behind. She will be loved and missed forever.