The Question and Answer section for Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Miss Oneeta Sengputa believes that Haroun's "wandering attention" is due to his "pussy-collar-jecal sadness". She actually means "psychological sadness" from the departure of his mother.
Haroun's mother ran off with Mr. Sengupta. She left a note with points about what a failure her husband is. She claims he was only interested in pleasure when life is "serious business".
Haroun was on his way to school when he got caught in a downpour.