Well the most obvious answer is shopping. I mean that is why people go to a mall, right ? And along with shopping perhaps to eat or meet up with friends and spend a day together- eating, shopping, catching a movie or attend one of the many events happening there. When Select Citywalk opened back in 2007, being the only shopping mall in South Delhi, it was “the” place to go to- latest brands, swanky interiors and even swankier crowd. Truth be told, shopping was the reason why even I started going there. Going from Chandigarh to Delhi, Select Citywalk became a one-stop destination for all your needs- shopping, eating and fun times- a lot like what Khan Market was in the ‘90s. Gurgaon malls felt too far away and in any case since Ambienece Mall had not yet opened up, they did not have the brands that Select Citywalk did- MAC, Mango and the like.
For a long time it remained so. Once I moved to Gurgaon, I just forgot all about Select City. Not only did trips to Delhi become rare and work oriented, all shopping and outing needs were met by the various malls, especially Ambience, in Gurgaon itself. So it was that Select City gradually faded from my memory.
Strangely, my affair with the place was reignited after I moved back to Chandigarh. Any trip to Delhi meant a trip to Select Citywalk. After a few such visits, I realised that I enjoyed going there even when I didn’t want to “do” anything- shop, eat or catch a movie. I just looked forward to being there. Perhaps it was the ambience of the place or the decor, which was unique and different on every visit, or the charm of the outdoor open area- I don’t think I can pinpoint what is it exactly that draws me to the place. Even when I’m through with whatever shopping I want to do, I like to go back to the place and just be there- at times do some window shopping; at other times just sit with a book either in one of the coffee shops or maybe even the aisle and watch life go by. And this I most enjoy during the week days that are not so crowded.
If I’m not mistaken, I read on Facebook that Select CityWalk is the most “checked in” place, perhaps of Delhi or is it India? Honestly I don’t know and to me it doesn’t matter. And neither do the various awards and accolades that it has won though I can just feel, if not articulate, the reason why it has won all these awards. Yes there are standards of maintenance, hygiene, service that go into it. But then there is an intangible something beyond such reasons that make you want to go back to the place again and again. Ever since Elante Mall opened in Chandigarh, shopping needs have pretty much been met in Chandigarh itself. Yet there is certain something that Elante lacks, something that draws me to Select Citywalk more than to Elante or any other mall in Delhi/NCR. Perhaps it is this “something” that draws big brands like Bobbi Brown and Sephora to Select Citywalk too. Whatever it is, I hope it continues to hold its attraction for a long time to come.