At the time of Partition, Mrs. Krishnavanti was living in Gujranwala in Punjab, Pakistan. Tension grew in her neighborhood and her neighbor was killed. Mrs. Krishnavanti's family locked themselves inside the house. When looters broke in, Mrs. Krishnavanti's grandmother gave them all of their gold and jewelry except for what she kept hidden in her clothes. After the looters left, Mrs. Krishnavanti and the others ran out of the house. Luckily, they found a military truck on the street, and got in.
After six months, her father arrived safely in Delhi, and soon took up a position in the military. When Mrs. Krishnavanti’s mother lost her mental balance, her grandmother took over leadership of the family. Mrs. Krishnavanti was educated through grade eight in Delhi. She wanted to continue, but the family had little money. She supported her family by selling necklaces she made herself.